Myles and Caleb and I flew up from Addis to meet my parents there, and then we took a tour. Our guide told us that carving all 11 churches during the reign of King Lalibela in the 12the century took about 23 years and involved 40,000 people. According to local legend even angels helped with the building of some churches. When you see them, that kinda seems plausible. When you walk into the first church with really high vaulted ceilings and realize you are standing inside what used to be just a part of the mountain itself, it takes your breath away. Or look at Biete Giyorgis, the Church of St George, one of the most famous, built in the shape of a symmetrical cross. The first photo below shows us on the top of the hill that the church was carved out of. Then you see the church and how big it is, and then us going down the entrance trench, which is separate from the first space, but you have to think that all the empty space around the church AND all the space INSIDE the church itself, and the entrance trench were all once solid rock. Impressive eh?