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Cave dwellings in Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia has a world-famous troglodytic heritage, mainly located in its north-west quarter, in Abyssinia. In these mountains, where a Christianity very close of the origins’ Christianity has survived until today, long-isolated from Christian world by Muslims kingdoms which surrounded it, there are remarkable rock-cut churches. The major site is undoubtedly the site of Lalibela, the “Black Jerusalem”, whose monuments are registered to the UNESCO world heritage list. In this small town, at the beginning of the 13th century, king Lalibela dug eleven monolithic churches, each one more outstanding than the other, to offer Christian pilgrims from Ethiopia, who were isolated from the Holy Land, a substitution Jerusalem.

 

 

 


Pilgrims


Genete Maryam


Emerging from the rock


Colonnade


Archangels


Carved roof


In the courtyard of Bete Medhane Alem


Greek cross


Bete Giorghis


Bete Giorghis


Earthworks


Windows


Yemrehanna Krestos


Mummies of children


Ne’akuto Le’ab


Tabot


Priests' dance


Church under the rock

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