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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 26, 2015: The Rock - Hewn Churches Of Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Legend says that King Lalibela returned from Jerusalem with the order to build a second Jerusalem. And so he did! Churches, as high as three-story-buildings, were hewn deep into the reddish colored rock, connected by short tunnels. Little cave-like chapels were carved into the walls.

 

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How long did it all take him? Exactly 23 years! Not a day more or less… Not bad for the 12th Century! But please note: the worldly laborers were supported by the angels to speed up this work. At least says the legend!

 

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The Rock - Hewn Churches Of Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Ethiopia has actually one of them oldest Christian community in the world.

You find those amazing churches in Lalibela, but also in the Tigray area (which I haven't visited yet... But will do in November)

Ethiopia is one of the most stunning and rewarding countries I have ever traveled

Cheers, Gilles

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