What is Lalibela known for?

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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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by writers like Graham Hancock, according to Buxton the great rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were ''not'' built with the help of the Knights Templar; asserting abundant evidence exists to show that they were produced solely by medieval Ethiopian civilization. For example, while Buxton notes the existence of a tradition that "Abyssinians invoked the aid of foreigners" to construct these monolithic churches, and admits that "there are clearly signs of Coptic influence in some

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Emperor Gebre Mesqel Lalibela. Taddesse Tamrat, ''Church and State in Ethiopia'' (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 62 When deciding on names for her protagonist, LeGrow considered Molly, Charlotte, Moira, Sally, and Diana before choosing Dinah —a reference to the pet cat of the protagonist of Lewis Carroll's novel ''Alice in Wonderland''; the 1984 comedy film ''Johnny Dangerously'' inspired her last name

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), ''azmari'' music and dancing. Don't be put off by the unprepossessing access way – inside it is attractively decorated and has a great atmosphere, with good singers and dancers performing on the floor. The toilets, which are separate, are grotty though. Sleep Lalibela has an extremely high proportion of ''faranji'' seeking accommodation, as opposed to locals; consequently budget accommodation is scarce and overpriced. Many "tourist class" hotels have been built recently but the owners and managers have often never visited Addis Ababa – never mind travelled outside Ethiopia – and seem to suffer the delusion that guests from Europe, Asia and Australasia will not understand prices in birr. Consequently they invariably will quote a laughably high price in US dollars at first. Prices quoted below are for the low season of June-August and hoteliers will try to extort a much higher price during festivals and other busy times. Most tourist class lodgings are concentrated in two areas: :'''Shimbrima''' at the ''north''-western end of Adebabay St, many with stunning escarpment views and a gentle climb to the economic centre of town and a steeper descent to the church complexes :'''Getergie''' at the ''south''-western end of town, on and off Getergie Rd and without the stunning escarpment views (but still with fine views of the surrounding buttes and mesas) but still a long way to the bus station on the eastern side of town. Hotels in this district have both a steep climb to the church complexes and then an equally steep climb to the economic centre of town. However, maybe it's better to stagger downhill to your bed after a day's sightseeing? For those arriving by bus, this very basic hotel may save them both some dosh and a long uphill hike to the town proper: * WikiPedia:Lalibela Commons:Lalibela

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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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Emperor Gebre Mesqel Lalibela. Taddesse Tamrat, ''Church and State in Ethiopia'' (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 62 When deciding on names for her protagonist, LeGrow considered Molly, Charlotte, Moira, Sally, and Diana before choosing Dinah —a reference to the pet cat of the protagonist of Lewis Carroll's novel ''Alice in Wonderland''; the 1984 comedy film ''Johnny Dangerously'' inspired her last name

20010959 title deviantART: sadwonderland's journal: BizenCast! author LeGrow, M. Alice date 17 August 2008 publisher accessdate 23 January 2010 Edaniel takes his name from the name Daniel in a middle school yearbook which LeGrow picked at random; she noted that the editors let her keep him in the story although he appeared a risky character to them.

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. Although all the church exteriors and interiors are carved from soft volcanic tufa, their architecture is extremely diverse: some stand as isolated monoliths in deep pits, while others have been cut into the face of a cliff. Establishing a sequence or chronology for a rock-hewn building is much more difficult than for a conventional one, especially when the churches in Lalibela are all in daily use for services. Consequently, there have been long running academic disputes as to both the time period

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for adults, and USD25 for children aged 9-13 (ticket valid for 5 days). Entry is free for children under 9 and Ethiopians without a foreign passport. Licenced guides are available from the tourist office in Lalibela for 200 birr per day. These guides are well trained and have an excellent working knowledge of the churches and good relationships with the priests. Unlicensed guides will approach you all over the village, but they often know very little about the churches and are best avoided. You need to take your shoes off before entering the churches. As there are numerous churches, you will do this a number of times. You may find it easier to wear slip-on footwear, such as flip-flops. The rock between churches in each cluster, although uneven, has been worn smooth over the centuries, so you might even take a plastic bag to pop your footwear into, and walk barefoot between the churches as many pilgrims do. Farther afield lie the monasteries of '''Na’akuto La’ab''' (4 km south) and WikiPedia:Lalibela Commons:Lalibela

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decorative details" (hardly surprising given the theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural links between the Ethiopian Orthodox (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church) and Coptic Orthodox Churches (Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria)), he is adamant about the native origins of these creations: "But the significant fact is remains that the rock-churches continue to follow the style of the local built-up prototypes, which themselves retain clear evidence of their basically Axumite

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) and , and '''Yimrehane Kristos''' church (possibly 11th century, built in the Axumite fashion but within a cave). Do * Visit the '''weekly market''' on Saturday - not much you would want to buy, some local weaving possibly, but an invaluable insight into local life. Make sure you visit the donkey park. *


'''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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