Eight Incredible Facts You Need to Know Before Visiting Lalibella
Widely known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the medieval complex of 11 rock-hewn churches and 2 chapels at Lalibela must surely rank as the single most breathtaking historical site in sub-Saharan Africa. See the following facts about lalibella before you set your feet to visit the site.

1. Lalibela was built by the most venerated Zagwe ruler called King Lalibela, whose 40 year reign started circa 1181.

Lalibela was built by the most venerated Zagwe ruler called King Lalibela, whose 40 year reign started circa 1181.

2. Originally called Adefa, the town of Lalibela was founded circa the 8th century AD. It became capital of the Zagwe dynasty in the 12th century, when it was renamed Roha.

Originally called Adefa, the town of Lalibela was founded circa the 8th century AD. It became capital of the Zagwe dynasty in the 12th century, when it was renamed Roha.



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