Lalibela Airport is 23 Km from town. The town of Lalibela was formerly known as Roha,
but changed its name after King Lalibela came to power. Lalibela was born as the youngest
son from the royal line of the Zagwe Dynasty. This dynasty was established in the high
plateaus of Wollo, after the downfall of the Axumite Empire.
Here, any visitor can see the rock hewn churches of
Bete Medhane Alem (House of the world savior)33m long, 23.5m wide and 11m high
Bete Genette Mariam (house of St. marry)15m long, 11m wide and 10m high
Bete Amanuel (House of Emanuel)
Bete Giorgis (House of St. George)
These mysterious and wonderful churches were built by King Lalibella and his successors.
These churches are connected by tunnels and passage ways. They are freely standing
and only attached to their bases. These monolithic churches have aisles two to five
and have flat ceilings