Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge

Location: 1608 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Lalibela Restaurant is named for the complex of 11 rock hewn churches built in the 13th century at Lalibela, Ethiopia.

“In a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, eleven medieval monolithic churches were carved out of rock. Their building is attributed to King Lalibela (of the Zagwe dynasty) who set out to construct in the 12th century a ‘New Jerusalem’, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land. Lalibela flourished after the decline of the Aksum Empire.” Unesco World Heritage

“The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.” Unesco World Heritage

Bete Abba Libanos Biete Medhane Alem Bete Giyorgis (Church of St. George)

Photo: Africa Access

Photos: Unesco World Heritage