This rural town is known around the world for its monolithic churches, which were built during the reign of Saint Lalibela (a member of the Zagwe Dynasty ruled Ethiopia from the end of the kingdome fo Axum to 1270) who ruled the Ethiopia in the 13th century. There are 11 churches, assembled in three groups. The eight wonder of the world: The Northern Group: Bete Medhane Alem, home to the Lalibela Cross and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world, probably a copy of St Mary of Zion in Aksum. It is linked to Bete Maryam (possibly the oldest of the churches), Bete Golgotha (known for its arts and said to contain the tomb of King Lalibela).
     During Lalibelas reign, the current town of Lalibela was known as Roha. “Lalibela” itself means “the bees recognise his sovereignty. Lalibela has always been a place of pilgrimage largly known in Ethiopia. The term primarily refers to the complex of eleven churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia believed to have been created in the 12th century, the most famous of which is the cross-shaped Church of St. George.

Lalibela related Itineraries.

The Danakil Depression is a plain approximately 200 by 50 km (124 by 31 mi), lying in the north of the Afar Region of Ethiopia

3 Days Denakil Tour From Lalibela
  • Day 1:  Fly to Lalibela visit Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Day 2:  Drive from Lalibela to Mekele  
  • Day 3: Mekele –  Erta Ale (Volcano) 
  • Day 4: Erta Ale – Hamed Ela
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6 Days Trekking around Lalibela

After early Breakfast trek from Lalibela to Wedebye (3600m altitude) 6 hours, which gives you more outstanding panoramic views of the area.   The wedebye positioned and take in  360 degree views over the surrounding countryside.

7. Day trip to Yimrhanne Kirstos (Marble Church)

Yimrhanne kirsos is located 1:30 drive from lalibela, which predates the Lalibela churches and was built using a completely different style of construction involving marble and wood. The church is built inside a cave. Pass through different villages and learn about local crops on different plateaus

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Local People of Lalibela

The community of lalibela  and its surroundings are an ethnic group inhabiting the northern and central highlands of Ethiopia, particularly the Amhara Region, They speakAmharic, an Afro-Asiatic language of the Semitic branch, and are one of the Habesha peoples.

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