A historical guide to the eighth wonder of the world – the beautiful churches of Lalibela. Here they are described in details and illustrated in the accurate etchings of Lino Bianchi Barriviera. Lalibela continues hiding secrets and scholars are still divided on whether the churches were designed to represent the powerful monarch's reign, reproduce the holy site of Jerusalem, or communicate religious beliefs. However, they are so exquisitely carved in the red stone of Lasta – a remote area in Ethiopia protected by inaxcessible walls of mountains - that visitors can believe as real the legend that they were hewn out of the rock by angels.
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