The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the work’s most astounding sacred sites: 11 rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with their roofs at ground level.
Of Lalibela’s 8,000 to 10,000 inhabitants, more than 1,000 are priests. Religions ritual is central to the life of the town, with regular processions and crowds of singing and dancing priests.
Isolated from the modern world, the town goes about its business much as it has for several hundred years.
This, combined with its extraordinary religious architecture and simplicity of life, gives the city of Lalibela a distinctively timeless, almost biblical atmosphere.
Pictured here is ancient Bete Giyorgis – or the Church of St. George — built between the 12th and 13th century.
It’s this small town that inspires our name and our food.
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