« Lalibela: Ethiopia’s Kingdom of Heaven

After Muslim conquests of the Holy Land prevented Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem, an angel visited King Lalibela in a dream and decreed him to build a ‘New Jerusalem’ on African soil. It took hundreds of men, each paid with salt bars, 23 years and six months to excavate, based on Lalibela’s instructions from memories of his visit to Jerusalem as a youth. The legend goes that men worked by day, and angles worked by night.

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