Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia
From Errol Barnett, CNN
June 27, 2013 -- Updated 0951 GMT (1751 HKT)Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN) -- It's 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons.
It's a common scene here in Lalibela, a small town in northern Ethiopia that's 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, attracting 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every yearhttp://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/27/travel/rock-churches-lalibela-ethiopia/?hpt=hp_c5
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