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Lalibela, Ethiopia

From series “Unbelievable Underground Mini-Cities”
Year: 12 century.

An Ethiopian Lalibela became famous thanks to the wonderful underground churches. According to the historical data, this city was established in the 12th century. Its golden age was at the reign of the emperor Lalibela. In honor of whom the city has been named for about 800 years. At the disposal if this ruler, the building of underground churches had begun. The building had finished only in the 13th century.

Lalibela, Ethiopia On this territory were found eleven Christian churches that were built by human force. Huge temples were sculpted from the soft volcanic tuff. This area is very rich with this building material. The underground churches adore with its dimensions. The biggest is the Christ the Savior Cathedral. Its length is 33,7 meters and 23,7 meters width.

Notwithstanding that fact that these underground buildings couldn’t be called a city in a direct meaning, this place was full of life. Workers were sculpted domes and walls for future churches just about twenty-four hours. During the researching works there were found a lot of outstanding artefacts. One of them were various ritual tools that were used during the church service. Every church has its own peculiarities. During the walk tourists will hear a lot of wonderful stories. Next - Underground Orvieto


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Dashen Bank' located in 0.4 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Lalibela Eco Trekking Tours - Ethiopia' is located in 0.41 km ( on the map).
Supermarket: 'Ethio Supermarket' in 0.9 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Blue Nile Hotel' in 0.3 km
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Top destination around Lalibela - Lalibela

Do you want to see the most unusual building of the past centuries? In Lalibela, travelers can visit the Church of Saint George, which unusual look has been impressing generations of visitors. Since ancient times, this saint has been the patron of the city. That is why it was particularly important to make the church dedicated to Saint George unique and original. No mistakes were possible here. The result is truly mesmerizing – the Church of Saint George is not only an unusual and one-of-a-kind shrine but also the most beautiful building in the whole of Ethiopia. The church is located at some distance from the central part of Lalibela. It has the shape of a giant cross that is dug in the ground.

According to a local legend, King Lalibela once saw God in his dream. God gave an important message to the king. He told him to carve churches in the rocks and make a new Jerusalem on the African continent. When the king woke up, he immediately made an order to start building a church. It took local people twenty-five years to finish the building. The unique shrine is still in great condition and remains open for visitors.
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