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Historical Attraction


Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the northern part of Ethiopia, is renowned for 12th century 11 rock-hewn churches and holds immense historical and religious significance.  These remarkable churches, often described as the “eighth wonder of the world,”. The churches are divided into three groups, each reflecting the believers’ devotion. Notably, the Church of Medhane Alelm (Saviour of the World) is believed to be the largest monolithic church globally. Here are some key places to visit in Lalibela:

  • Bet Medhane Alem: It is considered one of the largest rock-hewn churches in the world. It features impressive architecture and is known for its interior and exterior carvings.
  • Bet Giyorgis (St. George’s Church): It is a remarkable cross-shaped church carved into the rock. It is one of the most visually striking structures in Lalibela and is dedicated to St. George.
  • Bet Emanuel: Known for its finely crafted carvings and intricate details. This church exemplifies the advanced rock-hewing techniques employed in Lalibela.
  • Bet Maryam: It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is one of the oldest churches in Lalibela and is characterized by its artistic features.
  • Bet Abba Libanos: It is known for its unique design and religious significance. It is part of the northern group of churches.
  • Bet Gabriel-Rufael: It is fascinating rock-hewn church known for its architectural ingenuity and religious murals.
  • Bet Merkorios: It is part of the northern cluster of churches. It showcases the artistic achievements of the rock-hewn church builders.
  • Bet Amanuel: An intricately carved church with distinctive architectural features. It is part of the northern cluster.
  • Bet Medhane Alem (Beta Giyorgis): It is the second Bet Medhane Alem which is located in the southeastern part of the site.
  • Yemrehanna Kristos: It is a fascinating church located in the nearby mountains. It predates the rock-hewn churches and is known for its unique architectural style.
  • Lalibela Museum: It provides insights into the history and heritage of Lalibela. It houses artifacts, manuscripts, and exhibits related to the rock-hewn churches.
  • Asheton Maryam Monastery: It is located on a nearby mountain. The monastery offers panoramic views of Lalibela and the surrounding landscape.

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