8 pictures of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Bete Giyorgis, Lalibela, Ethiopia

Sitting at 2630m above sea level and with a population of around 15,000 people, the small town of Lalibela is home to Ethiopia’s biggest tourist attraction: 11 rock-hewn churches, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Carved from the rock in the ground, these cavernous churches have been used for worship by priests and monks for hundreds of years, and are still used in largely the same way today.

Here are 8 pictures of Lalibela I took on my recent trip to Ethiopia.

Bete Giyorgis (St George), Lalibela

Bete Giyorgis, Lalibela, Ethiopia

The yellow moss on Bete Giyorgis, Lalibela

Bete Giyorgis, Lalibela, Ethiopia

A priest with his blessing cross, Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia

A priest reads prayers at the entrance to the Lalibela church complex

A priest readin prayers at the entrance to churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia

An ancient wooden door to one of the churches, Lalibela

Old wooden door, Lalibela, Ethiopia

A woman exits one of the churches at Lalibela

woman exits church, Lalibela, Ethiopia

A small house in which monks sleep to be near the churches, Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia

The towering façade of St Giyorgis church, Lalibela

St George Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia

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