The Church of St. George or Bet Giyorgis in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Its roof is cut into the shape of a square cross, and visitors enter the church via stairs cut down into the volcanic rock. These stairways deepen into trenches that connect to a tunnel that opens to the base of the church and its entrance. Monolithic churches were carved out of the ground to which they are still attached. Eight hundred years ago the Ethiopian King Lalibela had a divine vision to carve a new Jerusalem from volcanic stone underneath his place of birth


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