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Eighth wonder of the World, is a church carved from a single rock. Formerly known as Roha, it now bears the name of King Lalibela (1181-1221), a member of the Zagwe dynasty. Lalibela churches physically prised from the rock in which they stand, these towering edificies seem to be of superhuman creation in scale, workmanship and concept.
A complex and bewidering labyrinth of tunnels and narrow passageways with offset crypts, grotts, and galleries connects them all. Throught this mysterious and wonderful settlement, priests and deacons go about their timeless business, scarcely seeming aware that they are living in what has become known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Lalibela is 642 kilometres (398 miles) from Addis Ababa, is served by road and by air on daily flights of Ethiopian Airlines. Always a place of unparalleded fascination, Lalibela is particulary interesting during religious celebrations, notably those of Ethiopia's Christmas (7 January), Timkat (19 January), and Easter, when Christians pour into the area from far and near.
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