Restoration of Rock-hewn Church Bete Golgotha to Start soon; Rahel Samuel; EthioSports

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

Addis Ababa- A restoration program aimed at replacing the temporary shelter of one of the rock-hewn churches of  Lalibela, Bete Golgotha Mikael, will start this month, Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) disclosed.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, ARCCH Cultural Heritage Conservation Director Hailu Zeleke said study of the project had to pass through critical evaluation from all stakeholders before approval.

The study conducted by international companies was followed by the assessment of Addis Ababa University and experts from the Authority.

According to the Director, the restoration is expected to get finalized by the middle of July this same year.

The rehabilitation project experience of  Biete Golgotha Church is a pilot project to restore the other “Wonders of Lalibela,” Hailu revealed.

The U.S Ambassador’s AFCP program and World Monuments Fund cover the conservation cost of Biete Golgotha.

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