Ethiopia is one of the least visited countries in Africa but most fascinating of all the top African destinations. Any land that has thirteen months in each year, a clock that starts at six in the morning and an utterly unique alphabet deserves your attention!” seize the opportunity to visit this magical African destination before the crowds.
Not many countries in Africa and indeed the world are so full of surprises as Ethiopia. Ethiopia is rich in history and culturally diverse than most countries in Africa.
The term "monolithic church" is most often used to refer to the complex of 11 churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, believed to have been created in the 12th century. The most famous of them is the cross-shaped Church of St. George (Beta Giyorgis). Tradition credits its construction to King Lalibela, who was a devout Christian. The medieval monolithic churches of this 12th-century 'New Jerusalem' are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village. Lalibela is an important center of Ethiopian Christianity, and even today is a place of pilgrimage and devotion. Lalibela is one of the world's precious heritages registered by UNESCO.
Despite Dr. Josief's death soon after his presentation, research over the next few years raised the total number of these rock-hewn churches to 153
The churches of Lalibela are all connected through tunnels and the trench system transports the water to the nearby River Jordan. Anyone who knows the heavy rains that fall in Ethiopia, can appreciate this evacuation system.
All the religious structures of Lalibela are named after buildings in Jerusalem.