"There is a belief that Lalibela pilgrims share the same blessing as pilgrims to Jerusalem," he explains."They have to come at least once in a lifetime."Even though Lalibela sits in a remote region of Ethiopia, the faithful will walk for days, even weeks, to get here, many of them traversing the rugged mountains barefoot.
|Source=[ HThis file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.Ethiopian Crosses are symbols of Christianity in Ethiopia.They are distinguished by their intricate lattice work and their variety of influences from Celtic to Egyptian.If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file.The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.The town is brimming with devotion; throughout the churches' compound, you'll find worshipers leaning against the structures, kissing the age-old rock walls, praying quietly or reading religious texts."They come early to get the blessing -- because it's such a big deal, every inch of the place is packed," says Aba Gebreyesus, the priest who presides over all the churches in Lalibela.