Thursday 16 November 2017

Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela

It's incredible how these churches were made from a single block of stone such a long time ago...

Biete Amanuel
This postcard was sent by Manú

This rural town is known around the world for its churches carved from within the earth from "living rock," which play an important part in the history of rock-cut architecture. Though the dating of the churches is not well established, most are thought to have been built during the reign of Lalibela, namely during the 12th and 13th centuries. 

Biete Amanuel is an underground Orthodox monolith rock-cut church located in LalibelaEthiopia. The edifice was built during the Kingdom of Axum. Biete Amanuel (House of Emmanuel) is possibly the former royal chapel. - in: wikipedia

The 11 churches (in red what I have):
  • Biete Medhane Alem 
  • Biete Maryam 
  • Biete Golgotha Mikael 
  • Biete Meskel
  • Biete Denagel 
  • Biete Giyorgis
  • Biete Amanuel 
  • Biete Qeddus Mercoreus
  • Biete Abba Libanos 
  • Biete Gabriel-Rufael 
  • Biete Lehem 

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