Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Rock-Hewn Churches


In the heart of Ethiopia, medieval Christian King Lalibela ordered the carving of 11 monolithic churches, hewn out of the living rock as pilgrimage sites in a "New Jerusalem" after access to the Holy Land was cut off by the Muslim conquests. To add to their magnificence, the interiors of some are decorated with painted murals.

(Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons; CTTO)

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