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Cross (Meskal) Shaped window of one of the 11 Rock Hewn Churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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OCTOBER 28, 2007

Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela



The Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela were created sometime during the 12th Century (as popular mythology goes). In the town of Lalibela itelf there are 11 such churches, more are spread through out the surrounding hills.

Bet Midhane AlemBet Midhane Alem

A tomb carved into the walls around Bet Midhane AlemA tomb carved into the walls around Bet Midhane Alem

The baptisimal at Bet Midhane AlemThe baptisimal at Bet Midhane Alem

Bet Midhane Alem

Bet Midhane Alem

Bet Midhane Alem

Three graves inside Bet Midhane AlemThree graves inside Bet Midhane Alem

Gangsta Priest Number 1 - holding the Lalibela CrossGangsta Priest Number 1 - holding the Lalibela Cross

Carved window in Bet Medhane Alem

Bet Midhane Alem

Carved room of Bet Midhane Alem

Priests Drums in Bet Midhane AlemPriests Drums in Bet Midhane Alem

Carved Passage through to Bet MaryamCarved Passage through to Bet Maryam

Bet MaryamBet Maryam

Fertility Pool in the courtyard of Bet MaryamFertility Pool in the courtyard of Bet Maryam

Gangsta Priest Number 2Gangsta Priest Number 2

Gangsta Priest Number 3Gangsta Priest Number 3

Carved window - indian swastikaCarved window - Indian Swastika

Carved window

Carved Window

Carved drainage passageway between churches

Storage room carved into the walls

Looking down on Bet Debre Sina and Bet GolgothaLooking down on Bet Debre Sina and Bet Golgotha

Old Watch TowerOld Watch Tower

Intricatly carved windows

Maltese Cross carved into the roof of Bet Debrre SinaMaltese Cross carved into the roof of Bet Debrre Sina

Life size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet GolgothaLife size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet Golgotha

Life size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet GolgothaLife size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet Golgotha

Life size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet GolgothaLife size reliefs carved into the walls of Bet Golgotha

Old Watch Tower in rear - security guard box in foreOld Watch Tower in rear - security guard box in fore

An old priest walking to churchAn old priest walking to church

Double Story Stone Rondavals around the churchesDouble Story Stone Rondavals around the churches

Stone Ruins

Road to heaven - travelled only on the EpiphanyRoad to heaven - travelled only on the Epiphany

Fortified church of Bet Gebriel RafaelFortified church of Bet Gebriel Rafael

Fortified church of Bet Gebriel Rafael

Chisel Marks

Axumite Window

Axumite Window

An original reinforced wooden door

Tunnel leading down into the rock

Carved walkway between churches

Windows in Bet Abba Libanos

Donna exiting from a 50 metre tunnelDonna exiting from a 50 metre tunnel

Traditional Cross Window

Priest from Bet Abba LibanosPriest from Bet Abba Libanos

The 50 metre tunnel entrance

Bet Abba Libanos

A new roof over Bet EmanuelA new roof over Bet Emanuel

Bet EmanuelBet Emanuel

Bet Emanuel

Priest

A long Skinny Tunnel

Carved Walkway

Donna near Bet MercuriosDonna near Bet Mercurios

Overlooking Bet Mercurios

Donna

Bet MercuriosBet Mercurios

Bet Mercurios

A Warning Bell

Looking down on the Lalibela MarketLooking down on the Lalibela Market

Bet Giyorgis - St GeorgeBet Giyorgis - St George

Bet Giyorgis - St George

Bones in the walls of Bet Giyorgis - St GeorgeBones in the walls of Bet Giyorgis - St George

Drums in the chanting room of Bet GiyorgisDrums in the chanting room of Bet Giyorgis

The roof of Bet GiyorgisThe roof of Bet Giyorgis

Cruxiform tower of Bet GiyorgisCruxiform tower of Bet Giyorgis

     
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Some of these photos look a bit spooky!!

Stella - 30 December, 2007

 
     
     
 

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