Top 3 Interesting facts You Must Know About Ethiopia’s Underground Church
There are many theories and opinions regards to Ethiopia’s Underground Churches. In particular, we would be considering the great churches of Lalibela.
Though many theories have been stated to account for its existence, a trip down the scrolls of history directs us to a point of interesting discoveries regarding these great churches.
We are going to divide this into three interesting sectors to better explain how these amazing structures came into being and what they were used for!
3 facts About Ethiopia’s Underground Churches
1. Ethiopia’s Underground Church Origin
Originally, Lalibela used to be recognized as Roha. The name was changed to immortalize the name of king Lalibela who ruled at about 1200 C.E.
When translated, the name Lalibela means ‘the bees recognize Him as King”. According to narratives, this king wanted to build a Christian city, one that would mark a new Jerusalem.
This dream city was to be His capital. He equally renamed the river of this city to river Jordan. Mimicking the river Jordan mentioned in the Christian bible.
Lalibela is located Approximately 600 kilometers north of the great city of Addis Ababa in the Amhara region.
According to experts, the churches were carved out from the living rocks of monolithic blocks. It is unclear whether the 13 known churches were all that king Lalibela had in mind to build.
However, it has been observed by experts that he may have succeeded in building at least the first 13 churches completely.
The effort that must have put in to achieve this huge task is quite breathtaking. All 13 churches were completely hewn from the rocks creating a connection between them using catacombs all carved from rock-solid material.
It couldn’t have been easy for the workers to cut through the seamless red volcanic rocks.
Due to its hardship, some believed it was made possible by angels who joined the laborers that toiled day and night to achieve this great task.
11 churches are still visited and recognized as a place of pilgrimage. Devotees are also seen to visit regularly due to the strong belief they hold regarding the holiness of these churches.
Daily activities are held either in form of worship or when special ceremonies are observed such as the welcoming of pilgrims and large crowds on Christmas and Easter holidays.
3. Cost for pilgrims
In case you are planning on paying a visit to this ancient city, you should at least be informed of what to expect as regards the expense you should budget for.
Entry is about $73 for adults, about $47 for kids, and is valid for five days.
The churches open from the morning hours 8 am-5.30 pm and closes at midday at about 2 pm. If luck shines on you, you could be able to get in earlier as early as 6 am if you are interested in morning mass.
It is quite remarkable and offers a promising experience to tourists and pilgrims. Reporters from around the world have equally affirmed this claim.
The story behind the Lalibela churches is so intriguing Indiana Jones would wish he payed it the Ethiopia’s Underground Church a visit!
Indiana Jones is an archeologist character played by Harrison Ford due to his nosiness for mystical things and historical artifacts.
It would interest you to know that the church general took about 23 years before it was completed to its present level. It is quite a wonder to behold and the revenue generated from that location is quite a handful
Since the year 2007, NGOs such as WMF and UNESCO have partnered and contributed great effort in resources to address the conservation of the site.
The work became so effectively driven that in the year 2012, the entire site has been transformed into a great place for Tourism.
be sure to like and comment your thoughts on this!
Donwload our App now for eay reading!
Download our apps now for easier access to recent news and articles!