MASSIMO RUMI
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The New Jerusalem - ETHIOPIA

THE NEW JERUSALEM

THE JERUSALEM OF ETHIOPIA 

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Ethiopia is home to one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, dating back to the early fourth century.Lalibela , a small town in northern Ethiopia,is home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. The chiseled creations have turned this mountain town into a place of pride and pilgrimage for worshipers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.The town is brimming with devotion; throughout the churches' compound, you'll find worshipers leaning against the structures, kissing the age-old rock walls, praying quietly or reading religious texts.Even though Lalibela sits in a remote region of Ethiopia, the faithful will walk for days, even weeks, to get here, many of them traversing the rugged mountains barefoot.

 

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