Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ethiopia races to preserve Lalibela, 'Africa's Jerusalem'

(Aug 26, 2015, (Al Jazeera English))--Conservationists are facing a race against time to prevent one of Ethiopia's most sacred religious site from crumbling away. The ancient churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia have been a place of pilgrimage for local Christians since they were constructed 800 years ago.

The 11 churches were carved out of the mountainside during the reign of the priest-king Lalibela, who hoped to give Ethiopians a place for pilgrimage inside the country and help them avoid making the dangerous journey to Jerusalem.However, moisture is eating away at the structures and the sacred site is literally crumbling away. Read more from Al Jazeera »

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