Lalibela: journey to discover the cave churches

rock hewn churches lalibela
rock hewn churches lalibela

Lalibela Ethiopia a village located in the region of Wollo, about 2700 meters above sea level.
Formerly his name was Roha, between the twelfth and thirteenth was the capital of the dynasty Zagwe, which was part of the famous king ghebre Mascal Lalibela, which is attributed to the construction of this city, called Lalibela after his death.

What to see in Lalibela

Lalibela is considered the Jerusalem of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church for the presence of a complex of 11 monolithic stone churches dating from the thirteenth century.

These churches derived from volcanic rock red, connected by a maze of tunnels, are formed by two groups separated by a channel that the Ethiopians named the Jordan.

Churches on one side of the Jordan represent the earthly Jerusalem, while those on the other side are the heavenly Jerusalem.

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were built by king Lalibela, whose name means the bees recognize the sovereignty.

The legend says that Lalibela, during the period when he fell into a coma following a poisoning caused by his brother, was taken to heaven where he had a vision of the city carved in the rock, which was invited to create on earth when it healed.

These beautiful works, which are part of the heritage by UNESCO, are a fine example of the architectural tradition of Ethiopia.