The complex 11 churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, are believed to have been created in the 12th century. Lalibela churches have the most impressive architectural designs in Ethiopia and are included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
The structures were built by carving a single huge block of rock, without adding any external building materials like bricks or concrete about 800 years ago.
There are two main groups of churches. One group lies towards the north of the river Jordan while the other group lies towards the south of the river.
Things to do around the monolithic rock-cut churches
Explore Lalibela churches by discovering a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings on the walls. With the help of a guide you will learn so much about the church history.