Lalibela updates

Mark Hipgrave writes:

I have just returned from a great month in Ethiopia (Oct 6 2013 to Nov 4 2013) We took your guide (5th Edition, Nov 2010 reprint) plus the LP, both of which were very useful – yours more so!

A comment on the Lalibella chapter – Asheton Maryam monastery described on page 368:
The monastery is at 3135 metres, not 4000 metres as listed. (Maybe the 4000m is the summit of the mountain??). There is a road being built up the mountain which, when finished will pass close to the monastery, but the walk is not difficult – it took us 1 1/4 hours to get up from town. Go early and meet the schoolchildren going down to town for school.

Another comment – UNESCO should be ashamed at the shelters they have built over the Lalibela churches. With only minor extra expense they could have been supported from outside the rock recesses, rather than putting the ugly supports down beside the church walls.

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One thought on “Lalibela updates

  1. Christina says:

    I agree with you as far as the UNESCO shelters is concerned. I have also just returned from Ethopia on November 11 and would like to add that the local people complain abut the fact that the entrance fee of 50$ to the Lalibela churches was promised to be spent also on the local community, something they haven’t experienced until now.

    The guide who showed us around was a very knowledgeable anthropologist Ayalew Setegn. I would highly recommend him.
    tel. 0912844474
    email: ayalewsetegn@gmail

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