The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

The Rock-Hewn Churches of LalibelaThe churches which are carved out of solid rock have fascinating internal channels and walls full of religious symbols.These amazing edifices were not constructed as such, but were chipped out of solid rock with only hammers and chisels. The churches of Lalibela indicate the architectural mastery and religious devotion of king Lalibela who is believed to have built them. It is the site of eleven remarkable rock hewn churches believed to have been built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The town was originally called Roha, but was renamed after king Lalibela who commissioned the churches.