Details of Lalibela
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are a definite must see in Ethiopia. It’s not surprising that they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as one of the most visited destinations in Ethiopia.
The complex of eleven churches and chapels were created under the direction of King Lalibela who wanted to build a Jerusalem in Ethiopia in response to the capture of old Jerusalem in 1187. The churches were carved from single rock pieces to symbolise spirituality and humility. The most spectacular rock-hewn church in Lalibela is Bete Giyorgis (St. George), a 15m tall monolith surrounded by a gaping subterranean trench.