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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant is named for the complex of 11 rock hewn churches built in the 13th century at Lalibela, Ethiopia, a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa.

“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….It is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilgrimage and devotion.” Unesco World Heritage

Lalībela, historical name Roha, religious and pilgrimage centre, north-central Ethiopia. Roha, capital of the Zagwe dynasty for about 300 years, was renamed for its most distinguished monarch, Lalībela (late 12th–early 13th century), who, according to tradition, built the 11 monolithic churches for which the place is famous. (

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

Photo: Unesco World Heritage List



Mercier, Jacques and Claude Lepage. Lalibela : wonder of Ethiopia : the monolithic churches and their treasures. Shama Books, 2012.

“Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela.” UNESCO World Heritage Lists. Accessed 9/15/2020.

“Lalibela,”Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., Accessed 9/15/20.