Ethiopia’s cave churches: An inverse reality

Lalibela All other great religious structures towered over the surrounding landscape when built, in order to create a lasting impression on the visitor. Digging one out upside down must surely be the most time-consuming method imaginable. Perhaps the Ethiopians did this as a supreme sacrifice of time to their God. Possibly, they knew no other way to build a tall building. Maybe they did so in order to conceal the treasures they carried away on horseback. We shall never know. Time has drawn down the curtain on history. Continue reading