|Pilgrims came to Lalibela from all over Ethiopia--by plane, bus, car, van, donkey, and on foot.|
|This is the approach to the church of St. George (you are looking at the roof of the church). Notice that the church is free standing--there is an open area all the way around the structure.|
|The heart of Lalibela is a series of churches hewn out of rocky cliffs.|
|Priests would shake this instrument to accent the rhythm of their hymns.|
In the past there were hermits in little caves near the churches. No hermits today, at least not in the main areas in Lalibela.
|People were expected to remove their shoes to go inside the churches. Most pilgrims took off their shoes in the courtyards as well.|
|Noon on Christmas Day.|