In this mountainous region in the heart Ethiopia, 11 spectacular churches were carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. Lalibela is understandably a place of pilgrimage for those in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The faithful will walk for days, even weeks, to get here, many of them traversing the rugged mountains barefoot. Amongst them, blind men and women and people with disabilities also join the pilgrimage, making their way along Lalibela's winding, hilly roads to reach the sacred site.
Fikru Woldegiorgis, Lalibela local: “It's not a museum; it's a living heritage. Every day, every morning, there is a service in all the churches”
Photo: Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia