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Rock hewn churches of Lalibela

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An early rise this morning was made harder after a restless night, it seems I'm still on Australian time. Back to the airport for the short flight to Lalibela. in a twin propellor Q400 bombardier.

At Lalibela I was greeted by my guide 'Happy' for the next 2 days. First stop was my hotel, the appropriately named Panoramic View hotel. Perched on a cliff at 2800m altitude the view is stunning. After a short settling in period, it was off to the incredible rock hewn churches of Lalibela. Built over 800 years ago, King Lalibela chose to build his churches into the ground by carving them directly out of the rock. The most impressive of the churches is the cross shaped monolithic St George's church. The Lalibela churches are still used today and with Orthodox Easter only a couple of weeks away, Coptic Christian pilgrims are starting to arrive in Lalibela for the Lent period, making for some great pics :) Dinner was traditional Ethiopian complete with Injera.
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Posted by adtamo 11:51 Archived in Ethiopia

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