8 of the world’s most beautiful churches; Irish Examiner

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Lalibela, Ethiopia’s New Jerusalem; Dawn Jorgenson; The Incidental Tourist.

Lalibela, Ethiopia’s New Jerusalem. Known as the Land of Origin, Ethiopia has a remarkable diversity which is reflected across its 12 provinces and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Exploring the churches carved from rock; BBC

Dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries, the churches are designated a World Heritage site.

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The Magnificent Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia; Barbara Weibel; Hole In The Donut

In the 12th century, King Lalibela of Ethiopia received a vision from God, who told him to carve 11 churches out of the local stone. This New Jerusalem, as the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela were known, kept pilgrims from having to make the dangerous trek to Jerusalem to honor their God.

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The rock churches of Lalibela in the highlands of Ethiopia; Sabine Ludwid; Mereja

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

The rock churches of Lalibela are among the main attractions of any trip to Ethiopia. The stone monuments of faith belong since 1978 to the Unesco world cultural heritage. The town looks inconspicuous and dusty.

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Ethiopia’s rock-hewn churches are an ancient wonder of the world; Zelda Caldwell; Faleteia

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

For centuries, Christian pilgrims — and tourists —  have travelled to the mountainous region of northern Ethiopia to visit the 11 spectacular medieval churches carved out of rock. After Muslim conquests blocked Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land, King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, who ruled Ethiopia in the late 12th century and early 13th century, set out to construct a “New Jerusalem,” which remains a pilgrimage site and place of devotion to this day.

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

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

The World Heritage site draws visitors and pilgrims with its monolithic churches carved into the ground.

5 General Facts About Lalibela (Ethiopia); FG Dullin; Travelers Today

Travelers who visit Ethiopia could learn a thing or two about one of the country’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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New Jerusalem, Ethiopia: People walk hundreds of kilometres to see this site; Kirrily Schwarz; News.com.au

Ethiopia – Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

IT’S impossible to see until you’re standing right on top of it, and even then it takes a moment for the significance to register.

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