LALIBELA

The Ethiopian town of Lalibela is located in the Amhara Region. It is a popular tourist destination due to its renowned rock-cut monolithic cathedrals and is situated in the Lasta region and North Wollo Zone. For Ethiopia's ancient, medieval, and post-medieval civilizations, Lalibela as a whole is a significant and sizable location. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities and a major destination for pilgrims who identify as Christians.
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The Ethiopian town of Lalibela is located in the Amhara Region. It is a popular tourist destination due to its renowned rock-cut monolithic cathedrals and is situated in the Lasta region and North Wollo Zone. For Ethiopia’s ancient, medieval, and post-medieval civilizations, Lalibela as a whole is a significant and sizable location. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a major destination for pilgrims who identify as Christians.

Ethiopia, whose historical origins go back to the time of the Apostles, was one of the first countries to embrace Christianity in the first half of the fourth century. The churches themselves are believed to have been built between the seventh and thirteenth centuries, under the reign of the Zagwe (Agaw) monarch Gebre Mesqel Lalibela. Most people, especially the local clergy, agree that Lalibela’s main structures are arranged and named in a way that alludes to Jerusalem. Due to this, some experts believe that the existing church was built in the years after Saladin, a Muslim king, took control of Jerusalem in 1187. Approximately 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level is Lalibela. It serves as the hub of Lasta, a region that was once a part of the Bugna region. In 1978, the churches made of rock were designated as a World Heritage Site.

This small town’s “living rock” churches, which have a significant place in the history of rock-cut architecture, are renowned throughout the world. The majority of the churches are believed to have been constructed during the reign of Lalibela, specifically in the 12th and 13th centuries, although the churches’ exact dates are not well known. 11 churches are listed by Unesco and are arranged into four groups.

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