A priest inside the 13th century cave church and monastery, the Church of Nakuto La’ab, located just east of Lalibela, shares religious artifacts from the same time period.

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Biete Giyorgis (The Church of St. George), built in the late 12th or early 13th century AD, is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela and is among the best known and last built of the eleven churches in the Lalibela area. It is referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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In a small village just east of Lalibela proper.

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In a small village just east of Lalibela proper.

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Women carrying water. In a small village just east of Lalibela proper.

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One of the faithful outside Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World), built in the late 12th or early 13th century AD, is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world. It is referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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A man of faith outside the 13th century cave church and monastery, the Church of Nakuto La’ab, located just east of Lalibela.

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A view of beautiful Lalibela.

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Drinking local beer with locals at a local “bar.”

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A nunnery located near the monolithic churches in Lalibela, where modern days nuns live ascetic lives.

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I was walking through these tiny streets in Lalibela and stopped to take a photo of the woman on the left and her child. When the woman on the right saw me, she asked me to take her photo too, but before allowing me to photograph her, she pulled her large, beautiful necklace out from under her dress to make sure it I captured it in the photograph.

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The faithful inside Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World), believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world. It was Sunday so the priest was blessing people with a gold cross that was hundreds of years old.

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Shoe shiners shining shoes in the center of town.

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Children in front of houses near the monolithic churches in Lalibela.

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Inside a new friend’s house, where I was invited for coffee. An invitation to attend an Ethiopian coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship, and/or is performed for visitors. I was so happy to experience it, and spend time with my friend and his sister, who is the one preparing the coffee. And the coffee was delicious.

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A priest entering Biete Giyorgis (The Church of St. George), one of the best known and last built of the eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela and the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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Lalibela’s hospital.

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Around Lalibela.

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Inside the 13th century cave church and monastery, the Church of Nakuto La’ab, located just east of Lalibela.

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Working it. In a small village just east of Lalibela.

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