Church of St. George

Location: Lalibela, Ethiopia

Architect: Unknown

Year Completed: 1189

Of the Zagwe neguses or kings, the most famous was Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, who had a vision of a church that God demanded him to build. Upon assuming the throne, he transformed his capital, which took his last name, into a hidden holy fortress, buried into the ground. The church is carved from solid rock in the shape of a cross.

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