Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela World Heritage Site

Churches made from a single block of stone in Ethiopia

Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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The Church of Saint George, showing its base and walls
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iii
Inscription1978 (2nd session)
Coordinates12°01′57″N 39°02′36″E / 12.03250°N 39.04333°E / 12.03250; 39.04333Coordinates: 12°01′57″N 39°02′36″E / 12.03250°N 39.04333°E / 12.03250; 39.04333
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela is located in Ethiopia
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
Location in Ethiopia
Lalibela area map

The Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela are located in the Western Ethiopian Highlands near the town of Lalibela, named after the late-12th and early-13th century King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty, who commissioned the massive building project of 11 rock-hewn churches to recreate the holy city of Jerusalem in his own kingdom. The site remains in use by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church to this day, and it remains an important place of pilgrimage for Ethiopian Orthodox worshipers.[1]

  1. ^ Williams, Frances M. (2016-03-21). Understanding Ethiopia : geology and scenery. Cham. ISBN 9783319021805. OCLC 945445084.

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