The town of Lalibela hosts some of the Worlds most amazing Rock hewn churches dating back to around the 13 century. On this page, we get to explore the "Southern Cluster" of these churches, by Southern Cluster we mean the grouping of Churches south of the River Jordan.
The Southern cluster comprises of the following churches, 5 in total;
- - Biete Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos)
- - Biete Abba Libanos (House of Abbot Libanos)
- - Biete Amanuel (House of Emmanuel)
- - Biete Lehem (House of Holy Bread)
- - Biete Gabriel Raphael (House of Gabriel Raphael)
All of these churches are open to the public and are covered by huge tarpaulins to protect these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As you wander through the maze of tunnels and pathways between each of the churches one cannot help but be in awe at how amazingly crafted these churches are. In fact hats off to the guys who carved these churches because they did one amazing job.
These churches were chiselled out of solid monolithic blocks of granite from ground level down sometimes as low as 20 to 25 metres. The skill and the mathematics to accomplish this is mind blowing.
This is truly one of the wonders of the world; there is honestly nothing that can prepare you for seeing this yourself. It really is inspiring.
All photographs have been taken by us here at Uyaphi.com with the sole purpose of showcasing the southern cluster of rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.