Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches – 1978 ( a place between Heaven and earth )
Lalibela is located in the 12o03’ North and 30 o 82’ East latitude and longitude. It is found in the Amhara National Regional State, North Wollo Administrative Zone. The Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela were cut out of a living rock during the time of king Lalibela, who ruled Ethiopia from his capital Roha, now Lalibela .The churches are 11 in number, located in three groups. The first groups of churches are, Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete meskel Bete Dengill, Bete Golgota, and Bete Michael. The second groups of churches are Bete Gebriel and Rufael, Bete Amanuel, Bete Markorios, connected by a long underground tunnel, Bete Abba Libanos. The last church is Bete Giorgis, a free sanding church with architectural elegance and perfection.
The churches were curved in the 12th and 13th Centuries. It is believed that the carving of all the churches tool some 23 years .Archaeologists say it would have taken the work of 40,000 work force to carve these churches , courtyards and caverns out of a living rock.
Described by most travel writers as the eighth Wonder, the churches were registered under the list of world Heritage Site in 1978.