Lalibela Restaurant   Photo credits: Africa Access
Location: 1415 14th St. N.W. Washington, DC
Glo Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge
Location: 1608 7th St., N.W. Washington,DC

The Lalibela Restaurants are 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

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

Photo: Unesco World Heritage.