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Jerusalem Guesthouse

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Mango Opinion

This is a simple guesthouse owner-run and operated. We think this is a good choice for accommodation while visiting the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

The Jerusalem Guest House, located in historic and beautiful Lalibela, is owned and operated by Solomon Gebeyaw, a homegrown hospitability entrepreneur. The guesthouse consists of en-suite accommodations with running hot and cold water. It is popular among travelers for its great central location and friendly service. Proprietor Solomon can help to arrange a guide and excursions to explore the area attractions. The guesthouse is well organized and has a great book swap facility for travelers looking to get some new reading materials. The food is wholesome and filling.

Lalibela, in the arid north, is a place of pilgrimage and a World Heritage Site. Its subterranean churches, built 800 years ago, are still in use today. With arches, Greek pillars and Arabesque windows, the churches demonstrate a wide variety of style. Some of them are quarried and enlarged caves, while others have been sculpted from volcanic rock. There are 11 churches in the town. Others, in the surrounding countryside, can be reached by 4X4 vehicles or by mule. They are attributed to King Lalibela (1181-1221) of the Zaghwe dynasty. Archaeologists estimate 40,000 workers were required for the construction; according to legend, angels with masonry tools worked through the night to accomplish the project. Any visit to the rock-hewn churches of the area should include the Acetum Mariam Church, built high in the mountains. Also highlights are the cave church of Yemrehane Christos and Neakuto Leab.

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