Lalibela is one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites labeled as the 8th wonder of the world. It is situated in the northern part of Ethiopia in the northern Wollo zone of the Amhara ethnic region, approximately 700km from the capital Addis Abeba, at an altitude of 2630 m above sea level. Lalibela, formerly known as Roha, is the holiest city in Ethiopia and it is a place of pilgrimage and devotion. It became the capital of king Lalibela at the end of the 12th century and subsequently took his name.
What to see
There are 13 remarkable rock- hewn monolithic church and cave churches in the Lalibela town considered among the wonders of the world. They are believed to have been built by king Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th century. Each building is architecturally unique. They are all beautifully carved from the volcanic rock in which they stand and several of them are decorated with fascinating paintings. This cluster of churches is sometimes called “The New Jerusalem”. Nearby remains a beautiful and interesting traditional village with circular dwellings.
To find out more about Lalibela you can watch this short film:
Lalibela – the history behind the Rock churches of Ethiopia