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Lalibela

Our final stop on the Ethiopian Northern Historical Loop was Lalibela, home of Ethiopia's famous rock-hewn churches, built in the 12th Century. Local legend has it that the churches were built with the assistance of angels. However they were built, they are certainly spectacular.
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IMG_3677.JPG Typical Lalibela house construction

Typical Lalibela house construction

The mountain home of Asheton Maryam Monestary, as seen from Lalibela.  The Monestary sits in the notch in this mountain, about 2,000 feet above Lalibela.

The mountain home of Asheton Maryam Monestary, as seen from Lalibela. The Monestary sits in the "notch" in this mountain, about 2,000 feet above Lalibela.

Scenery on the ascent to Asheton Maryam

Scenery on the ascent to Asheton Maryam

A small village on the trail up to Asheton Maryam

A small village on the trail up to Asheton Maryam

Visiting Asheton Maryam involves climbing from Lalibela (8,200 feet) to the Monestary, which lies at 10,135 feet.

Visiting Asheton Maryam involves climbing from Lalibela (8,200 feet) to the Monestary, which lies at 10,135 feet.

Inside Asheton Maryam, a priest uses a cross to cure a local resident.  The ancient cross, said to date back to the 12th century along with the monestary itself, is reputed to have healing powers.

Inside Asheton Maryam, a priest uses a cross to cure a local resident. The ancient cross, said to date back to the 12th century along with the monestary itself, is reputed to have healing powers.

Asheton Maryam's ancient crosses

Asheton Maryam's ancient crosses

Inside Asheton Maryam

Inside Asheton Maryam

A priest inside Asheton Maryam

A priest inside Asheton Maryam

Asheton Maryam has a collection of books said to be at least 500 years old.

Asheton Maryam has a collection of books said to be at least 500 years old.

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IMG_3887.JPG Stunning scenery on the trail from Lalibela to Asheton Maryam

Stunning scenery on the trail from Lalibela to Asheton Maryam

IMG_4006.JPG A plateau halfway between Lalibela and Asheton Maryam houses a small village.

A plateau halfway between Lalibela and Asheton Maryam houses a small village.

A local family works with hay and livestock

A local family works with hay and livestock

IMG_4103.JPG IMG_4112.JPG Our mules head down the rocky, steep trail to Lalibela.

Our mules head down the rocky, steep trail to Lalibela.

Bet Giorgis, the most famous rock-hewn church in Lalibela

Bet Giorgis, the most famous rock-hewn church in Lalibela

Bet Giorgis

Bet Giorgis

Entrance to Bet Giorgis

Entrance to Bet Giorgis

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