Created 12-Jun-12
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The small town of Lalibela is home to one of the world's most astounding sacred sites: 11 rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.( UNESCO World Heritage). A rural town nestled in rolling countryside, Lalibela only recently got electricity. It has few motorized vehicles, no gas stations and no paved streets. Isolated from the modern world, the town goes about its business much as it has for several 100 years. Religious ritual is central to the life of the town, with regular processions, extensive fasts & crowds of singing and dancing priests. This gives it a distinctively timeless, almost biblical atmosphere. It was named after the 12th-century King Lalibela, who commissioned these churches, with a goal to create a New Jerusalem for those who could not make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.The churches have been in continuous use since they were built in the 12th century.

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