Ethiopia, celebration of Timkat in Lalibela, the city of the rock-hewn monasteries


Ethiopia is a very religious country. More than 80% people are orthodox Christians. Timkat is a three days celebration, which is held by all the people. It reminds of John the Baptist’s blessing of Christ in the River Jordan. Lalibela is a small village inside the mountains, a long away from civilization, where Timkat reaches the highest peak. In the 13th century, a number of rock-hewn monasteries were build by king Lalibela who ruled here for almost a century. There are two main groups of churches, the western and the northern group. The churches are monolithic, carved from a mass of red volcanic scoria connected by a maze of tunnels and passages with openings to hermit caves and catacombs. All the people from the province come here to celebrate Timkat. The priests wear colorful velvet and satin clothes and colored velvet umbrellas shelter them. All pilgrims carry long stick ends with fancy silver-like handles. In each temple, there is one priest guarding the church, showing the holy items like silver crosses, colorful icons and 1000 year old holy bible, written on goatskin. On the first day of the Timkat celebration, the Tabot, symbol of the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments, is taken out of the monasteries with a large procession. The processions are a blaze of colourful splendour and vibrant celebration. Priests and deacons wear richly embroidered robes, and carry ornate crosses, smoking censers, and beautiful fringed umbrellas whose sequins and gold threads gleam in the sunshine. In contrast, the faithful are dressed in simple flowing white shemma (cotton robe).  All the monks shake sitras, religion bells and winding horns. One of the priests holds the Tabot on his head hidden in layers of colorful velvet shelter, not to be viewed by infidel people. The procession takes it to the large grass area where it is stored inside a special ceremonial tent. The priests and the monks are praying the whole night. Crowds of people spent the night in the surrounding area, to be close to the Tabot. Priests and deacons pray through the night, and a mass is held in the dark hours of the morning beside the water. Before sunrise the next day the pilgrims gather around the pool for the final blessing. Then the faithful are sprinkled with holy water, the priests using hose pipes to reach those who can’t get close to the pool.  Then it’s time for the Tabots to be returned to their churches. The processions are reversed before the feasting begins.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Orthodox Epiphany, the Timkat, in January

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Timkat time in the Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) which is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - life in the countryside on the way to Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - life in the countryside on the way to Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - life in the countryside on the way to Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Amanuel (House of Emmanuel) is an underground Orthodox monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The edifice was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Amanuel is possibly the former royal chapel

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Gabriel-Rufael is an underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. The Orthodox church was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Gabriel-Rufael (House of the angels Gabriel and Raphael) is possibly a former royal palace, linked to a holy bakery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Gabriel-Rufael is an underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. The Orthodox church was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Gabriel-Rufael (House of the angels Gabriel and Raphael) is possibly a former royal palace, linked to a holy bakery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - life in the countryside on the way to Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - life in the countryside on the way to Asheton Maryam Monastery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Saturday market

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos/House of St. Mark) is an underground Orthodox rock-cut monolith church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Qeddus Mercoreus may be a former prison because of ankle shackles found there

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Gabriel-Rufael is an underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. The Orthodox church was built during the Kingdom of Axum. It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela. Biete Gabriel-Rufael (House of the angels Gabriel and Raphael) is possibly a former royal palace, linked to a holy bakery

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - daily life in the village

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Hand writing sacred text outside the Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Golgotha (House of Golgotha Mikael) it is located at the northwest cluster churches. It´s remarkable as in that it has seven life-size reliefs of saints carved around it´s walls. It´s the only one that women are prohibited from entering. Bet Golgotha is known for containing some of the best early examples of Ethiopian Christian art, including some amazing life-size depictions of the 12 apostles carved into the walls’ niches. Four are visible, with the other eight behind the curtains in the off-limits Selassie Chapel, one of Lalibela’s holiest sanctuaries and home to more fantastic art and also the reputed tomb of King Lalibela himself.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - the Biete Denagel (The house of the Virgins) is a grotto church, partially carved out of the rock, and whose façade is level with the north wall of the courtyard of Bet Maryam.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Portrait of a priest inside a church. The Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela are located in the Western Ethiopian Highlands near the town of Lalibela, named after the late-12th and early-13th century King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty, who commissioned the massive building project of 11 rock-hewn churches to recreate the holy city of Jerusalem in his own kingdom. The site remains in use by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church to this day, and it remains an important place of pilgrimage for Ethiopian Orthodox worshipers

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Maryam (House of Miriam/House of Mary) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Maryam (House of Miriam/House of Mary) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Maryam (House of Miriam/House of Mary) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela, Ethiopia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World) is an Orthodox underground monolith rock-cut church located in Lalibela. Biete Medhane Alem is home to the Lalibela Cross.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Painting outside the Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Church of Saint George (Bete Giyorgis) is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Praying time

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Hand writing sacred text outside the Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Bet Uraiel. In the trench fronting the western facade of Bet Golgotha, past the symbolic Tomb of Adam (a giant, hollowed-out block of stone), Bet Uraiel opened as a church in 1998 in what may have been a storeroom. Its rough-hewn rooms are rarely visited by worshipers or tourists.

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - Portrait of a priest inside a church. The Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela are located in the Western Ethiopian Highlands near the town of Lalibela, named after the late-12th and early-13th century King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty, who commissioned the massive building project of 11 rock-hewn churches to recreate the holy city of Jerusalem in his own kingdom. The site remains in use by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church to this day, and it remains an important place of pilgrimage for Ethiopian Orthodox worshipers

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela

Ethiopia, Lalibela - praying time

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan).

Ethiopia, Lalibela - The northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. Carved into a rocky massif located approximately 2,630 meters above sea level at the base of Mount Abuna Yosef, the complex consists of two groups of churches and a single church divided by the river Yordannos (Jordan). Timkat is the Orthodox Epiphany one of the most interesting moments to visit Lalibela