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The Churches of Lalibela; Religious Past, Architectural Future

August 15th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley

An example that demonstrates the abilities of what the earth can offer is a place that was established centuries ago which continues to be a tourist attraction and is still used as originally designed. This place is Lalibela, Ethiopia. Lalibela is a very rural area with a population of approximately 8,000-10,000 people, and about 1,000 of those inhabitants are priests. The community has only recently received electricity and there are only a few motorized vehicles, no gas stations and no paved roads. Lalibela was originally known as Roha but was renamed after the 12th century king, King Lalibela. He commissioned the stone churches which are still standing and in use today. There are eleven churches, he directed, each carved out of its own single block of granite and the roof is at ground level and a 12th church commissioned by his wife as his memorial



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