Lalibela Rock hewn Church of St George

The Incredible Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia


In the heart of Ethiopia is situated one of its holiest towns, known as Lalibela, where a group of eleven monolithic rock-hewn churches stand. They are the biggest monolithic temples in the world, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet much mystery still surrounds their construction.

The age of these buildings is unknown, but legends mention that they were excavated during the reign of Gebre Mesqel Lalibela , who ruled Ethiopia at the beginning of the 13 th century AD. His name means ‘the bees recognize him as a king’.  However, David Phillipson, professor of African archeology at Cambridge University, has proposed that the churches of Merkorios, Gabriel-Rufael, and Danagel were initially carved out of the rock half a millennium earlier, as fortifications or other palace structures in the waning days of the Axumite Kingdom, and that Lalibela's name simply came to be associated with him after his death.

Unique monolithic rock-hewn Church of St George, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Credit:Dmitry Chulov / BigStockPhoto

All eleven churches are arranged in two groups and are connected with passageways 11 meters (36 feet) deep. The largest church, the house of Medhane, stands at a height of 10 meters (33 feet), and is 33 meters (108 feet) long and 22 meters (72 feet) wide.

According to legends, an angel came and asked Lalibela to build the churches. Men and angels worked together to construct them, the men working through the day and the angels working through the night. The churches were hewn out of solid rock from top to bottom, excavated externally and internally, and carved in different styles.

One of the churches, the Bet Giorgis, was devoted to Saint George and, supposedly, the Saint overlooked the building of this church, directing its very construction.

The Church of Emmanuel at Lalibela, Ethiopia. Credit: Sylvainn / BigStockPhoto

Legends claim the churches were built in 24 years, however, archaeologists consider this impossible.  Even today, accomplishing this work using carbon steel tipped chisels & diamond blades would be remarkable. There are also many other peculiarities about its construction, such as the fact that the massive amount of stone and earth that would have had to be removed from around the churches and from their hollowed out interiors, was nowhere to be found.

Inside Bet Madhane Alemm rock hewn church in Lalibela,  Ethiopia. Credit: Trevkit / BigStockPhotos

Lalibela is an extraordinary place to visit and offers something unique that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The excavation of such wondrous buildings raises many important questions such as: How were the buildings carved using simple tools? Where was the excavated stone and earth carried to? How were the stones carried away? Where did the accounts of ‘angels’ originate?  And, why were these remarkable buildings constructed in the first place? The answers to these, and many more questions, are yet to be determined.


Featured image: Unique monolithic rock-hewn Church of St George, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Credit:Dmitry Chulov / BigStockPhoto

By John Black

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William Bradshaw's picture

He left a clue as to his genetics. King Lalibela said that "the bees know him as king". The queen bee is a tetraploid while the workers and drones are diploids while females are sterile triploids. The female triploids  must eat royal jelly to become fertile tetraploids (adds another chromosome) and rule the bee hive. The tetraploid humans are our queen bees, in essence.

William H. Bradhaw, Dipl. T, CPIM

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Angels are tetraploid humans and it truly was angels that built these churches. They do not want their existence known and they have been with us for around 12,000 years. Secrets of the Pink Kush proves everything using science, genetics and the occult. They were our ancient gods and are now our modern aliens. They are simply tetraploid humans  (92 gametes in their chromosomes) that are twice as large as normal diploid humans (46 gametes in their chromosomes). Their cranial capacity is about 2300 CC whereas our average is about 1300 CC. They are far superior to us, both physically and mentally. They also built Petra, Gobekli Tepe, Puma Punku, Pyramids, Stonehenge, Anghor Wat, Mayan pyramids and many other megalithic structures that actually encirlce the globe. Your government (Jews/Persians) does not want you to know of these facts.


William H. Bradhaw, Dipl. T, CPIM

just to inform you that th meaning of Gebere Meskel Lalibela is not as you discribed above. At last the meaning of the first two words (Gebre Meskel) "serevant of the cross".

Carved by the Templars from 1187 to 1225 using the Shamir Stone which was kept in the Ark of the Covenant.

Dr. Zalman Zeitlin

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