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.