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THE FIRST GROUP OF CHURCHES

Each sub group has a courtyard of its own,the whole complex is surrounded by a deep outer trench.

The churches of the first main group lie in their rock cradle one behind the other north of the river Jordan

BETE MEDHANIALEM (The House of Redeemer of the World)in the east

BETE MASKEL (The House of the Cross)

BETE DENAGEL (The House of the Virgins)

BETE DEBRE SINA (House of Mt.Sina)

BETE GOLEGOTA (The House of Golegota)

THE SELASSIE CHAPEL (The place of greatest sanctity in Lalibela)

THE TOMB OF ADAM (Impressive in its simplicity)

BETE DEBRE SINA AND BETE GOLEGOTA WITH THE SELASSIE CHAPEL AND THE TOMB OF ADAM this is the most mysterious complex in Lalibela.

THE SECOND GROUP OF CHURCHES

This group comprises from east to west . The original function of this complex of churches has not yet been clarified.

BETE EMANUEL Art historians consider Bete Emanuel to be the finest and most impressive church in Lalibela.

BETE MERCURIOS Rich in painting once adorned the church but for preservation they have been removed and are now to be seen in the National Museum in Addis Ababa.

BETE ABA LIBANOS Lalibela’s wife,Maskal Kebra,with the help of angels,is said to have created this church in one night.It is dedicated to one of the most famous monastic saints of the Ethiopian churches,Abba Libanos.

BETELEHEM (The Chapel Of Betelehem) The shrine has been shaped in to a cone by the central trench:the tunnel still winds up in spiral form with in the hill and ends in a low,round room. A tree-trunk in the room serves as a central pillar.

BETE GEBRIEL-BETE RUFAEL (The House Of Gebriel and Rufael or The House of Arc Angel), the most impressive part of the church is the monumental facade. Other churces near lalibela, the church of yemrehane kristos, the tiny rock churches arbatu ensessa, bilbila giorgis & bilbila cherqos and also the church of sarsana mikael.

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