Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pictures from our Ethiopia trip - Day 3

It's taken a lot longer than I expected to get the rest of our photos organized into slideshows, but the day-three slideshow is finally ready to go. This one covers the first of two days spent in Lalibela, which is perhaps the neatest place I've ever been. Lalibela, a World Heritage site, is named after King Lalibela who ruled Ethiopia sometime in the 12th or 13th centuries. Lalibela is famous for its 11 rock-hewn churches, which are absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful. These churches were literally carved from solid rock. In other words, they started carving away stone from the top down, leaving an intricate series of interconnected passageways, drainages, and solid-rock churches. It must have taken thousands and thousands of people uncountable days to create these masterpieces of Ethiopian civilization. If you're going to Ethiopia, your trip will simply not be complete without a trip to Lalibela. Seriously.

Day 3 - The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Click here for a larger version of this slideshow (depending on the speed of your connection, it can take a while for the slideshow to load... please be patient)

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