bete giyorgis

This is the Church of Saint George, one of the so-called Eleven Monolithic Churches in Lalibela in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The Church of Saint George, which in the Amharic tongue is called Bete Giyorgis (translit.), is carved in situ, which means “in place”, without the intention of relocation. The church is carved out of a single block of solid rock in the shape of a cross, and have sometimes been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. They are believed to have been created in the 12th century AD.