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The New Jerusalem - ETHIOPIA

THE NEW JERUSALEM

THE JERUSALEM OF ETHIOPIA 

Lalibela, Ethiopia 2015

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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