• LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    The rock churches of Lalibela are connected by a maze of rock paths and corridors that link most of the eleven churches. Everything was hewn from the volcanic rock.

  • LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    A priest walks through the narrow pathways that connect all of the churches.

  • ST. MARY'S CHURCH, LALIBELA

    ST. MARY'S CHURCH, LALIBELA

    Worshipers attend Mass inside St. Mary'™s Church. Visitors are allowed to attend certain Masses, although in some of the churches you need to be invited by a member of that specific church.

  • LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    A monk reads the Ethiopian Orthodox Bible, using a birr (Ethiopian monetary note) as a bookmark.

  • ST. MARY'S CHURCH, LALIBELA

    ST. MARY'S CHURCH, LALIBELA

    The priest of St. Mary's church stands outside of the entrance as a member of the church leaves following Mass.

  • LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    Worshippers walk home after attending Mass.

  • LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

    A priest gives the Sunday liturgy to about five hundred worshipers. The theme of the day in part: that despite the intrusion some feel from tourists, to respect all of the different nationalities of people that come to visit Lalibela, to treat them with kindness, and to welcome them.

Rock Churches of Lalibela