Friday, July 08, 2005

Priest who is the guardian of a church tucked inside a cave 40 km outside of Lalibela.  Posted by Picasa


Anonymous Anonymous said...


A few questions on your awesome Ethiopian photos.

Is the cave that the priest is in (photo #1) part of the Lalibela church in the other photos? Also, you mentioned the church was named St. Georges - do you know which denomination this is?

Glad you made it back safely.

Steve in Wisconsin

12:39 AM  
Blogger Sahara Sarah said...

This priest is the guardian of a church some distance from Lalibela itself (which has about 9 rock churchs). Whereas the others were carved from solid rock, this one was made from marble and wood brought from Syria and Egypt. It is a representation of Noah's Ark. I think it dates the 12th century and was bit slightly before the Lalibela churches. People used to make pilgrimmages to Lalibela, and in the back of the cave where this church is housed, their are the bones of more than 5,000 pilgrims who never left. All of the churches are Orthodox Christain.

4:31 PM  

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