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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Bet Medhane Alem Lalibela is known for its rock-hewn churches. It was the capital of the Zagwe dynasty which ruled Ethiopia from the 10th to the 13th century. The churches were constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Emperor Lalibela.
The churches in Lalibela are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For additional details check out their Lalibela website.
Bet Giyorgis (Church of St. George) Most of the churches are carved below ground level and are surrounded by trenches and connected by tunnels. The churches are divided into two clusters with a single church, Bet Giyorgis (Church of St. George) situated a bit to the south. The northwest cluster has seven churches and the southeast, five churches.
Each church is unique and the designs include monolith and three-quarter monoliths (which are carved down into the rock on three or four sides) or carved horizontally into a vertical rock faces like a cave.
Lalibela is such an amazing place that I have divided my photos into three albums, the first is the churches in the Northwest cluster, the second churches in the Southeast cluster, including Bet Giyorgis (Church of St. George) and the third album is miscellaneous photos of Lalibela with a number of photos of their weekly market.