Even after the Seven Wonders of the World have outworn their wonder, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela will always remain intriguing, fascinating and mysterious to any visitor. It is an awe striking phenomena that will always bamboozle any visitor and compel him or her to rediscover the true meaning of wonder.
The creation of these rock-hewn churches is ascribed to one of the last kings of the Zagwe dynasty, St. Lalibela, who reigned around the 12th Century A.D. The magnificence of these churches remains hard to believe that it was entirely the hand of man. History records that angels worked alongside the stone-masons during the entire twenty four years it took to complete the work. These 10 magical rock-hewn churches are regarded as high places of Ethiopian Christianity and this wonder was inscribed by UNESCO in 1978.
Lalibela is considered to be the New Jerusalem. At that time, a pilgrimage to the real Jerusalem was not really possible. The Lalibela churches, however, silence the most cynical pedants with the fact that today thousands of pilgrims are flowing to this sacred place of Christianity.
The other outlying Attractions of Lalibela includes - Yemrehana Kirstos (said to have been a bridge between Axum and Lalibela civilization and the hidden treasure of Ethiopia), the tiny rock church ArbatuEnsessa, BilbalaGioris, and BilbalaKirqos and also the church of Sarzina Mika'el.
In addition to the churches found through the Yemrhane District, Asheton Maryam monastery which can be accessed by mule ride or walk, Neakutolab and GenetMaryam rock-hewn churches are also very fascinating and interesting sites.