Lalibela


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Location: Lalibela, Amhara Region. (N12 01 45.7 E39 02 25.5)
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Classification:  Karst cave.
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History


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Lalibela is a complex of eleven underground churches which were cut into the sandstone rock in the 12th century, during the reign of King Lalibela. Legend tells the curches were chiseled by 10,000 artisans during the day, but they got help by angels during the night. The place is a popular Christian pilgrimage destination.

The site is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Because of the destruction of the churches by weathering they are now sheltered by modern structures of steel and plastic. As the buildings were cut of the rock, it is impossible to repair them, once they are damaged.


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