Over the Memorial Day weekend, our family took a trip to northern Ethiopia to see Lalibela. We have been told that you can't live in Ethiopia for a few years and NOT see Lalibela. It would be just a shame. Even the children's atlas has details about Lalibella, Ethiopia. All I can say is it was fantastic to see all these rock-hewn churches, to learn about the culture, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian church and the history. This is why people all over the world visit Ethiopia.
The churches are believed to be built in the late 12 century or early 13 century by King Lalibella's direction. Just google Lalibela, Ethiopia. Go to the wikipedia website or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalibela,_Ethiopia to learn more of the history and details. We took a ton of pictures. Here are just a few.
We had a great time with the kids climbing through tunnels, going inside the churches and seeing the architecture. It was fascinating. If you are ever in Ethiopia, it is a must see.