The 11 medieval monolithic cave churches of this 13th-century ‘New Jerusalem’ are situated in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia near a traditional village with circular-shaped dwellings. Lalibela is a high place of Ethiopian Christianity, still today a place of pilmigrage and devotion.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|Where the Lucy Skeleton Was Discovered||2018||280.7km||site_ao|
|The Church in the Sky||2018||212.3km||site_ao|
|Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region||1979||182.7km||site_whs|
|Simien National Park||1978||166.2km||site_whs|
|Lower Valley of the Awash||1980||196.9km||site_whs|
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