Lalibela is a small town in the middle of the Ethiopian highlands. It’s surrounded by a rocky and dry area where just in the raining period farmers can grow their crops. Some people call it the 8th world wonder. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.

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In Lalibela itself you will find two main groups of churches, one on each side of the river Jordan and one other church set apart from the rest. The town of Roha-Lalibela lies between the first and the second group of churches. It is situated on the higher part of a mountain-terrace on a vast plateau of rock. In one of the churches is a pillar covered with cotton. A monck had a dream in which he saw Christ kissing it. According to the moncks, past, present and future is carved into it.

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