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BETA MARIAM, THE CHURCH OF MARY

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Linked to Medhane Alem by a small tunnel, the monolith church rises in the centre of a second pit comprising a set of sanctuaries and the angle of which a swimming pool with the miraculous virtues, recommended for sterile women, is cut.

A smaller size is the first church of the complex. The building is surrounded by three porches, one of which is surmounted by bas-relief to the riders recalling the many equestrian saints of Ethiopian religion. The windows are surrounded by so-called "monkey heads" typical of axoumite architecture.

The interior, adopting the classical basilicale division with three naves surmounted by a gallery, reveals an extremely rich pictorial decoration, mixing frescoes and paintings from the rock, probably from different periods. Iconography recalls episodes such as the Annunciation, the Nativity, the escape in Egypt, the multiplication of loaves or the Transfiguration. Among the animals, two fighting bulls, one white, the other black, symboliseraient the struggle of good and evil.

In the center, an isolated pillar covered with intrigue curtains. The local tradition reported that Christ would have appeared here in King Lalibela, leaving on the pillar the narrative of the past and the future of the world, a world that would disappear instantly if this narrative were to be revealed.

The church, dedicated to Mary and which is said to have been the favourite church of King Lalibela, is still the subject of intense intense veneration.

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sowat
4/5
Visited in november 2015
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Bien qu'elle soit peu impressionnante de l'extérieure, c'est à mon avis la plus belle du point de vue de la décoration intérieure : les peintures, les piliers sculptés sont extraordinaires
bretagne20
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Une des églises intéressante de Lalibela consacrée à Marie d'ou son nom. Grandiose à visiter en janvier au moment de Timkat haut en couleurs et en ferveur des populations et prêtres. Le ticket global d'accès est d'un certain prix mais il permet de visiter toutes les églises comme on le souhaite. L'intérieur mais aussi l'extérieur sont superbes et pleins de trésors tels symboles en bas relief, nombreuses croix, pilier central symbole du Christ lumière qui descend s'incarner dans le sein de Marie.
A conseiller +++
mounard
5/5
cette église , comme les 12 autres , est superbe mais , contrairement à l'avis du "petit futé" , je pense que lalibela et ses églises méritent de s'y rendre pour les fetes comme noel : la foule , le spectacle des pretres somptueusement vetues , le marché aux bestiaux , les pélérins qui marchent des heures , baton en travers des épaules en font un spectacle exceptionel : 2 chroniques lalibela marché aux bestiaux et lalibela: 12 églises enterrees pendant la fete du gana sur http://www.lemounard.com/view/snapshot
fortile24
4/5
Eglise qui fait partie du ticket groupé (assez cher mais les prêtres ont coutume de bien taxer les touristes dans le coin !!!) C'est la plus fréquentée par les fidèles: elle vaut vraiment le voyage.

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