Photographer's Note

Lalibela (pop. 14,000) is one of the holiest cities of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

It was founded by king Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, that reigned from 1189 to 1229, he had spent his youth in Jerusalem, and as a response to the capture of Jerusalem by the Muslims in 1187, he conceived a "New Jerusalem" in Ethiopia.

Accordingly, many features of town have Biblical names, even the town's river is known as "River Jordan", and many of the buildings take their name from buildings in Jerusalem.

The site is known for its rock-cut churches, and it is also possible to see interesting scenes of pilgrims and priests in religious activities and ceremonies.

The site really has an authentic, unspoiled and timeless feeling, definitely just a few visitors, at least when I visited, in 1998.

(Scanned and converted to B&W)

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