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May 02, 2019 |
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Lalibela – Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s holiest city and a center of pilgrimage, Lalibela is famous for its 11 hewn churches from the 12th century. In that period, Muslims were blocking pilgrims to visit the holy land, so King Lalibela decided to build the “New Jerusalem.”

The churches were carved from a single piece of rock and then chiseled out, creating windows, doors, columns, and ceremonial passages. The most famous of the churches is the House of St. George due to its cross-shaped layout and state of preservation.

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