10 Of The World’s Strangest Churches; Ben Gazur; Listverse

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

With their offers of eternal life, churches can seem like timeless places that are recognizable the world over. Yet people have always shaped their places of worship according to the style of the time and the fashion of their culture.

Churches are as varied as the people who build them—and some of them can seem very strange to most of us. Here are 10 fascinating churches from around the world which may not be like your local parish house of prayer.

10 Sedlec Ossuary

An ossuary is a place used for the storage of bones. It can be as small as a wooden box or as large as a city. In the catacombs beneath Paris, there are the bones of an estimated six million people who died in the city over the centuries.

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Ethiopia to cooperate with UNESCO to conserve natural & cultural heritage; Rahel Samuel; EthioSports

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia vowed to cooperate with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to conserve its natural and cultural heritages.

An Ethiopian delegation led by Dr Tilaye Gete, Minister of Education, is in attendance of the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.

Ethiopia expressed its readiness to conserve its heritages at the event which was started on October 30 under the theme “SDGs and UNESCO’s Role in the Multilateral System.”

It also showcased its experiences in poverty reduction and expansion of education at the event which will last until November 14, 2017.

Dr Tilaye said that the event will create opportunities for world countries to join efforts to achievement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Semien Mountains Nat’l Park to Mark Removal from UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List Featured; ENA

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

Addis Ababa September 29/2017 Semien Mountains National Park will celebrate its removal from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger and its Golden jubilee with various activities, Office of the Park announced. Semien Mountains National Park Tourism and Community Manager, Tadesse Yigzaw told ENA that the event will be celebrated with panel discussion, exhibition, and visit to the park’s main sites for three days beginning from 17 October 2017. He said research papers will be presented on sustainability of the park and on its benefits to the local communities. More than 500 participants, including officials from UNESCO, federal and regional governments, and other pertinent bodies will participate in the event. At the end of the event, the park will award certificates to local and international bodies for their contributions to the removal of the park from the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.

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10 Countries Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Visit; Megan Elliott; Culture Cheat Sheet

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

President Donald Trump has already made it clear he doesn’t welcome visitors from certain countries to the United States. But how does he feel about United States citizens traveling abroad?

Although Trump hasn’t declared places, such as Iraq, Iran, and Libya off-limits to Americans, the U.S. Department of State does strongly discourage people from traveling to these countries, along with 38 others around the world.

How does a country end up on the travel warnings list? It’s not because of the way the president feels about them. Rather, according to the State Department, they issue a warning because of factors, such as an “unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.”

Some of the places the U.S. government is concerned about should be avoided for obvious reasons.

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Pilgrimage to Ethiopia’s 12th-century Iconic Lalibela Churches; Jenna Belhumeur; Al Jazeera

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

The sacred site is a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is said Lalibela churches were built in only 24 years.

The 11 medieval churches hewn from solid, volcanic rock in the heart of Ethiopia were built on the orders of King Lalibela in the 12th century. Lalibela set out to construct a “New Jerusalem” in Africa after Muslims conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

Legend has it that the design and layout of the churches mimic those observed by the king in Jerusalem, which he had visited as a youth. Many place names across the town are also said to originate from the king’s memories of the Biblical city.

The churches were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978.

Simien National Park No Longer in Danger: World Heritage Committee; Ethiopia Online

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

The World Heritage Committee meeting in Kraków has decided to remove Simien National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger in recognition of improvements in its management and of measures taken to reduce overgrazing and visitor impact.

The World Heritage Committee welcomed Ethiopia’s commitment in building an alternative road to alleviate the disturbance of traffic on the main road that crosses the property, reduce cattle overgrazing and visitor impact. The Committee furthermore welcomed the stabilization of the site’s endemic animal populations of, notably, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons.

Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. Simien National Park is home to extremely rare animal species.

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Ethiopian World Heritage site, Simien National Park no longer in danger; Unesco

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Ethiopia – Simien National Park

Krakow, Poland, 4 July—The World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow has decided to remove Simien National Park from the List of World Heritage in Danger in recognition of improvements in its management and of measures taken to reduce overgrazing and visitor impact.

The World Heritage Committee welcomed Ethiopia’s commitment in building an alternative road to alleviate the disturbance of traffic on the main road that crosses the property, reduce cattle overgrazing and visitor impact. The Committee furthermore welcomed the stabilization of the site’s endemic animal populations of, notably, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons.

Massive erosion over the years on the Ethiopian plateau has created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, with jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. Simien National Park is home to extremely rare animal species.

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Here Are The Oldest African Churches And Monasteries- #2 Swallow Any Male That Enters..; Mabel; How Africa News

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

Christianity has a long and rich tradition in Africa, especially in Ethiopia, where the religion was originally introduced all the way back in the 1st century AD. This makes it one of the first countries in the world to embrace Christianity, alongside Armenia. That is why there are some incredibly old and beautiful churches in Ethiopia as well as other African nations. All of them well worth exploring if you have an interest in religion, culture or architecture.

Here are the 5 Oldest Churches and Monasteries in Africa.

5. Lalibela: Ethiopia, 12th century

The Lalibela church complex in Ethiopia may not be the oldest in Africa, but it is still very old, and probably the best known around the world. Containing 11 churches in all, the site was entered into the UNESCO World Heritage registry back in 1978.

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Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Lina & David; Divergent Travelers

Ethiopia – Simien National Park

The Simien Mountains National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a rugged and remote chain of mountains that stretches across northern Ethiopia. The tallest peak in the Simien Mountains is Ras Deshen reaching above 4,500 meters and the second highest peak is Kidis Yared reaching a close 4,453 meters. These tall peaks make for a dramatic and breathtaking backdrop no matter how long you choose to hike in the park.

With its jaw dropping views of wild landscapes and wild flowers to its rare wildlife containing Gelada Baboons, Wallia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolves, the Simien Mountains is a rarely visited wonderland of nature. All of those attributes combined are what make this place one of the best hiking destinations in the world and rightfully so has earned hiking in the Simien Mountains a spot on our Top 100 Travel Adventures list.

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10 Countries Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Visit; Megan Elliott; Culture Cheat Sheet

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

President Donald Trump has already made it clear that he doesn’t welcome visitors from certain countries to the United States. But how does he feel about United States citizens traveling abroad?

While Trump hasn’t declared places like Iraq, Iran, and Libya off-limits to Americans, the U.S. Department of State does strongly discourage people from traveling to these countries, along with 38 others around the world.

How does a country end up on the travel warnings list? It’s not because of the way the President feels about them. Rather, according to the State Department, they issue a warning because of factors like an “unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.”

Some of the places the U.S. government is concerned about should be avoided for obvious reasons.

Read more