Lalibela is a UNESCO world heritage site and consists of 11 monolithic churches. It is said to be more spectacular than Petra in Jordan. I have not been to Petra but the Lalibela churches are just stunning. Lalibela is definitely the sightseeing highlight of the entire trip.
Today is Good Friday and all churches are filled with parishers and priests. They will stay here and pray until Easter Sunday.
Before we even enter into the first church my 8 year old daughter has found herself an Ethiopian friend. They were walking arm in arm the entire morning. No common language needed just a universal smile.
After visiting the first 10 churches we break for lunch and say goodbye to my daughter’s Ethiopian friend. The meal in the seven olives restaurant is excellent, definitely the best injera in town.
After lunch we visit Bete Giyorgis, the last and most famous church…and to our surprise my daughter’s friend was there waiting for her.
My 13 year old daughter definitely got the best pictures of Lalibela. Possibly her small Panasonic camera was less intimidating than my big Nikon or perhaps it was because the autofocus of my Sigma 50-500 had broken down by then. It had just been back from repair the week we left for Ethiopia with the same autofocus problem. Because of its size and weight the Sigma is not the easiest lens to manually focus….it could of course also be the case that my daughter is the better photographer.