Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches

“By vast expense and hideous pain, the rock a church became”, wrote a historian in the 17th century. Lalibela is also described as the “African Petra” or “New Jerusalem“. Undoubtedly the 12 rock hewn churches, whose construction started during the reign of king Lalibela (13th century), are one of the foremost wonders of the world.

 

The legend tells that Lalibela received a heavenly vision and angels helped to finish the work in a short time. But it is more likely that Lalibela received his inspiration during his exile in Jerusalem, which gave him a longing to built a kind of “new Jerusalem” in Ethiopia, accessible for all Ethiopians.

Lying in the rugged Lasta mountains it is still a rather isolated place and the little town has not changed since the building of the churches 700 years ago. When your walk around in the perfectly shaped churches, using the underground tunnels to go from one church to another and hearing the distant chanting of the monks, you feel as if a time-machine has brought you back to a mysterious middle age world.

In the rough mountain landscape which surrounds Lalibela, interesting tours can be made, walking or on the back of a donkey, to enjoy the splendid views on your way to the several rock-hewn churches in the environs of Lalibela.

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Ethiopia - Main Office

Haile G/Selassie Avenue
Haile Building 5th floor # 507
P.O.Box: 62747
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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+251-116-628710
+251-116-180989
+251-930-034888 ( Mr.Tariku W.Yadete)

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Yama Ethiopia Tours
4431 Renaissance Drive
San Jose, CA
95134
Tel: +1408 5293959
Mr. Habtamu Abuhay
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Get in touch

Ethiopia - Main Office

Haile G/Selassie Avenue
Haile Building 5th floor # 507
P.O.Box: 62747
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
+251-116-628710
+251-116-180989
+251-930-034888 ( Mr.Tariku W.Yadete)

Branch office in USA

Yama Ethiopia Tours
4431 Renaissance Drive
San Jose, CA
95134
Tel: +1408 5293959
Mr. Habtamu Abuhay
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]