Lalibela

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. The north of the continent had close cultural and economic ties with the Classical and medieval Mediterranean. Cattle herding became important in East Africa and huge earthwork enclosures were built to corral the animals. The people of Christian Ethiopia produced impressive rock-cut monolithic churches (Monolithic Church) such as that of St George at Lalibela during the 13th century and the first Portuguese (Portugal) forts appeared soon after this, penetrating as far south


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in Washington, D.C. Through donations and matching funds, WMF has worked with local community and government partners worldwide to safeguard and conserve places of historic value for future generations. To date, WMF has worked at more than 500 sites in 91 countries, including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (World Heritage Site). WMF has worked at internationally famous tourist attractions as well as lesser-known sites. Highly prominent projects are many temples at Angkor, Cambodia, starting in 1990, including Preah Khan and Phnom Bakheng; the Château de Chantilly in Chantilly, France; many structures in Rome, including the Temple of Hercules, Santa Maria Antiqua, and the House of Augustus; several sites on Easter Island; various sites at ancient Luxor in Egypt; Lalibela in Ethiopia; San Ignacio Miní in Argentina; the ancient Maya city of Naranjo, Guatemala; the Segovia Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain; as well as 25 projects in Venice, Italy, over 20 years. WMF has also participated in projects in the United States, including Ellis Island, Mesa Verde National Park, the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society, and many sites in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. thumb left The rock-hewn Church of Saint George, Lalibela Church of Saint George (File:Bet Giyorgis church Lalibela 01.jpg) in Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (World Heritage Site). Ethiopia has close historical ties with all three of the world's major Abrahamic religions. It was one of the first areas of the world to have officially adopted Christianity as the state religion, in the 4th century. It still has a Christian majority, with over a third of the population Muslim. Ethiopia is the site of the first Hijra (Hijra (Islam)) in Islamic history and the oldest Muslim settlement in Africa at Negash. Until the 1980s, a substantial population of Ethiopian Jews resided in Ethiopia. right thumb The Church of Saint George, Lalibela Church of Saint George (File:Bet Giyorgis church Lalibela 01.jpg) is a monolithic church in Lalibela. There are many monolithic churches in Ethiopia, most famously the above-mentioned twelve churches at Lalibela. After these, two main types of architecture are found—one basilican, the other native. The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion at Axum is an example of the basilican design, though the early basilicas are nearly all in ruin. These examples show the influence of those architects who, in the 6th century, built the basilicas at Sanʻāʼ (Sanaá) and elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula. There are two forms of native churches: one oblong, traditionally found in Tigray (Tigray Region); the other circular, traditionally found in Amhara (Amhara Region) and Shewa (though either style may be found elsewhere). In both forms, the sanctuary is square and stands clear in the center, and the arrangements are based on Jewish (Judaism) tradition. Walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes. A courtyard, circular or rectangular, surrounds the body of the church. Modern Ethiopian churches may incorporate the basilican or native styles, and utilize contemporary construction techniques and materials. In rural areas, the church and outer court are often thatched (Thatching), with mud-built walls. In 2010, McCarthy was escorted out of an underground church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, for entering the site without documentation. He had been in the church on assignment for the travel magazine, ''Afar''. Andrew McCarthy held at gunpoint - LLI HALL Lalibela Airport Lalibela, Ethiopia - thumb right View of Tigray from Emperor Yohannes' Palace (Image:Yohannes view.jpg) A distinctive feature of Tigray are its rock-hewn churches. Similar in design to those of Lalibela, these churches are found in four or five clusters—Gheralta, Teka-Tesfay, Atsbi and Tembien -- with Wukro sometimes included. Some of the churches are considered earlier than those of Lalibela, perhaps dating from the eighth century. Mostly monolithic (monolithic architecture), with designs partly inspired by classical architecture, they are often located at the top of cliffs or steep hills, for security. For example, Tigray's ancient Debre Damo monastery is accessible only by climbing a rope 25 meters up a sheer cliff. WikiPedia:Lalibela Commons:Lalibela


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to the ancient church on Debre Damo, with walls that, according to Phillipson, "show a similar horizontal pattern of inset beams and projecting stonework", with "wooden quoins (Quoin (architecture)), door- and window-frames that are essentially Aksumite in style". David W. Phillipson, ''Ancient Churches of Ethiopia'' (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), pp. 75ff Munro-Hay believes that the church's interior decorations make "Yimrehana Krestos


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elevation_ft postal_code_type postal_code area_code website footnotes '''Lalibela''' is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its 11 monolithic (monolithic church) rock-cut (Rock-cut architecture) churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Ethiopian Orthodox

Christian . The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted, especially by the local clergy, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. David W. Phillipson, ''Ancient Churches of Ethiopia'' (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), p. 181 This has led some experts to date the current form of its churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by the Muslim soldier Saladin. Phillipson, ''Ancient Churches'', p


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of Saint George, Lalibela Church of Saint George in Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (World Heritage Site). Ethiopia has close historical ties with all three of the world's major Abrahamic religions. It was one of the first areas of the world to have officially adopted Christianity as the state religion, in the 4th century. It still has a Christian majority, with over a third of the population Muslim. Ethiopia is the site of the first Hijra (Islam) Hijra


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the diversity of African cultures. The oldest existing art from Africa are 6,000-year old carvings found in Niger, while the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was the world's tallest architectural accomplishment for 4,000 years until the creation of the Eiffel Tower. The Ethiopian complex of monolithic churches at Lalibela, of which the Church of Saint George (Church of Saint George, Lalibela) is representative, is regarded as another marvel of engineering. - Lalibela


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right View of Tigray from Emperor Yohannes' Palace A distinctive feature of Tigray are its rock-hewn churches. Similar in design to those of Lalibela, these churches are found in four or five clusters—Gheralta, Teka-Tesfay, Atsbi and Tembien -- with Wukro sometimes included. Some of the churches are considered earlier than those of Lalibela, perhaps dating from the eighth century. Mostly monolithic (monolithic architecture), with designs partly inspired by classical architecture, they are often located at the top of cliffs or steep hills, for security. For example, Tigray's ancient Debre Damo monastery is accessible only by climbing a rope 25 meters up a sheer cliff. WikiPedia:Lalibela Commons:Lalibela


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Construction Ahead url http: web.mit.edu mmj4 www downloads const_ahead2007.pdf volume (May–June 2007) pages 16–21 Other UNESCO Mission reports In a 1970 report of the historic dwellings of Lalibela, Sandro Angel evaluated the vernacular (Vernacular architecture) earthen architecture on the Lalibela World Heritage Site, including the characteristics of the traditional earth houses and analysis of their state of conservation. His report described two types


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elevation_ft postal_code_type postal_code area_code website footnotes '''Lalibela''' is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its 11 monolithic (monolithic church) rock-cut (Rock-cut architecture) churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Ethiopian Orthodox

of the rock-hewn (Rock cut architecture) churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia. In 1966 Gray secured the support of philanthropist Lila Acheson Wallace (1889-1984), who offered $150,000 to the ''International Fund for Monuments'' and UNESCO for this project. The project continued until the Communist overthrow of Haile Selassie I and the subsequent expulsion of foreigners from Ethiopia. After Ethopia, Gray's interests shifted to Easter Island Easter Island (Rapa Nui

Lalibela

'''Lalibela''' is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its 11 monolithic (monolithic church) rock-cut (Rock-cut architecture) churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church). The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted, especially by the local clergy, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. David W. Phillipson, ''Ancient Churches of Ethiopia'' (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), p. 181 This has led some experts to date the current form of its churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by the Muslim soldier Saladin. Phillipson, ''Ancient Churches'', p. 179

Lalibela is located in the Semien Wollo Zone of the Amhara (Amhara Region) ethnic division (Regions of Ethiopia) (or ''kilil'') at roughly 2,500 meters above sea level. It is the main town in Lasta (Lasta (woreda)) woreda, which was formerly part of Bugna woreda.

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