The world’s Most Beautiful Churches: Church of St George, Ethiopia

Our Forefathers Gave Us These – What Do We Give Our Children?

This is one of 11 monolithic – hewn from a single piece of rock – churches in Lalibela in central Ethiopia. In the 12th century, King Lalibela intended to create a “New Jerusalem”, when Christian pilgrimages to the Middle East were made difficult by the Muslim conquests, and the site has been an important place of worship for Coptic Christians ever since. Biete Ghiorgis – House of St. George – is separated from the other 10 buildings, but is connected via a passageway. Their extraordinary structures – chiselled from living rock – incorporate doors, walkways, columns, catacombs and hermit caves.


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