The Bedrock of Faith
The legend says the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were built by angels. After a few days wandering through the tunnels, from church to church, you can see why. In fact, King Lalibela commissioned these houses of worship directly into the basalt bedrock in the 12th century, out of sight from invadors on the horizon. Over 800 years later, Lalibela is the site of the world’s most amazing feat of medieval architecture and the churches continue to attract believers on a daily basis and provide a singular backdrop for any of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church holidays. Combine the journey with long walks to the surrounding monasteries, enjoy the town’s stunning panoramas from the shoulders of the Lasta Mountains, and experience a version of faith and devotion seen nowhere else in the world.