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Mountain View Hotel

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Bronze price level

Mango Opinion

Mountain View Hotel is one of the better hotels to use as a base while exploring the rock hewn churches of Lalibela. There is very little luxury in the country but this is a good option for a recently built clean hotel with a friendly staff. 

Mountain View Hotel Lalibela is perched at an altitude of 2680 meters at the edge of the Lasta Mountain chain. It's panoramic mountain view is a source of admiration to nature. It is one of the best views to feel the sunset. The art played on the architecture of the hotel is comparable to the rock-hewn churches that guests visit in the area.

At the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries King Lalibela of the Zaghwe dynasty built a series of rock hewn churches – the New Jerusalem as he called it – now rightly acknowledged to be one of the wonders of the world.  There are 11 churches in the town named after him, with others in the surrounding countryside.  All are still in use today. 

It is estimated that the churches took 25 years to construct – for the Kingdom based on Roha (later renamed Lalibela) to have kept a large work force engaged in economically unproductive labor for such a long period means that it disposed of a large economic surplus and was very wealthy.  The area then was clearly fertile and agriculturally productive, whereas now deforestation and population pressures on the land have reduced its productivity.

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