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Lalibela: Wonder of Ethiopia The Monolithic Churches of Ethiopia

Lalibela: Wonder of Ethiopia The Monolithic Churches of Ethiopia

Lalibela: Wonder of Ethiopia The Monolithic Churches of Ethiopia

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Irmgard Bidder

Paul Holberton

London 2012

The Unesco World Heritage site of Lalibela in Ethiopia is one of the most extraordinary places in the world. It contains thirteen churches hewn or carved from the native tufa rock in imitation of buildings. As legend has it, the site was founded in the 13th century by King Lalibala, ruler of a newly united kingdom a number of centuries after the fall of the sacred capital Aksum. However, nothing of its accepted or assumed history can be regarded as certain. Lalibela and the Ethiopian kingdom remained unknown to the West during the period of the Crusades, and first came to western notice when its ruler sent an embassy to Portugal at the beginning of the 16th century. Dissecting the fragmentary evidence--including decorations, church furnishings, manuscripts, and mural paintings--requires a knowledge of Ethiopian culture and its languages that the authors of this book are rare in possessing.

320 pp., English, color and b&w photos.

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