Lalibela is a rural town of 15,000 and a revered holy place in the Lasta mountains in north-central Ethiopia, 645km from the capital, Addis Ababa, and 2,600m (8,500ft) above sea level. It is famous for its eleven unique rock-hewn churches thought to have been built between the 600s and the 1200s – though tradition has it that they were all built in 24 years.
To quote WikiVoyage: “Lalibela is a great little town to visit. Its complex of churches chiselled from pink volcanic rock have been called the “eighth wonder of the world”. In addition, the wonderful year-round climate and exhilarating mountain views, combined with some of the finest lodgings outside of the capital, are reason to spend a few days soaking up the fine vistas. Lalibela’s relative isolation and small size means you will get to understand more intimately and thoroughly the innate piety and hard lives of the rural poor “.
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