9    Lalibela (Ethiopia)

A religious town in rock

Sheena Carlisle

Very well hewn churches excavated from the rock, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world....I weary of writing more about these buildings because it seems to me that I shall not be believed if I write more (Francis Alvarez, Member of the Portuguese Mission and the first European to visit Lalibela between 1521 and 1525)

Keywords: historic route Lalibela Ethiopia rock-hewn churches

Location grid reference: 12°39N' 39°2'E

World Heritage List Inclusion date: 1978


The town of Lalibela with its eleven ancient rock-hewn churches in the Northern Highlands of Ethiopia is largely unknown to Western Europe. Visitor numbers have only recently increased, owing ...

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