stone churches of lalibela, ethiopia

 

The holy city of Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia is one of those once-in-a-lifetime destinations that I’ve desired to visit for many years. It’s difficult to express the beauty and awe of the landscape and the craftsmanship of the monolith churches. I couldn’t begin to grasp the precision and planning it took to create each church, especially after our guide told us they were made with ‘hammer, chisel and axe’. Lalibela is a symbolic representation of Jerusalem, and is known as ‘New Jerusalem’.

We were fortunate to be there on Saint George Day and witness thousands of people visiting the Church of Saint George the morning before we left. Lalibela¬†is a major pilgrimage site in Ethiopia and it was stink in’ awesome to be there.

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