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Built in a cave, the church is the work of Nakuto Lab, nephew of Lalibela and last ruler of the Zagoue dynasty, whose legend says that he prayed lying on swords and ascended to heaven body and soul. Paintings tell of his hunt for the bandit Tsarakems, who led the population to believe in other gods and who eventually became an evangelizer after receiving the king's forgiveness.

Inside the church, basins collect the holy water that flows from the church of Asheten Mariam, actually located just above in the mountains but not connected by road to it. The faithful consume them for their healing virtues and their power to drive out evil spirits. Among the treasures on display are crowns, very beautiful illuminated books, crosses and a gold and silver drum.

Some paintings clearly show a Byzantine influence in the gesture of the two fingers raised as a sign of blessing. During the festive season, and especially at Christmas, the place becomes exceptional, a huge crowd comes to pray fervently, sing and dance.

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After 4 km from Lalibela on the airport road, take the runway on the left, at the sign, and continue for 3 km. Possibility to rent mules for the excursion. Entry 350 birrs, mule 200 birrs.

Members' reviews on NAKUTO LAB CHURCH

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c'est un endroit exceptionnel en période de fetes : nous y étions pour noel et là , la ferveur , la spontanéité , les chants et les danses c'était fabuleux : le site doit avoir un interet beaucoup plus limité en période normale .l'excursion prend 1 ou 2 h si la foule qui y est est interessante .Hors fete , je n'y verrais pas beaucoup d'interet et je mettrais 2 étoiles . cf lalibela 12 églises enterrées pendant la fete de gana .
Comptez une bonne demi-journée pour l'excursion : un 4x4 avec chauffeur est l'idéal. Eglise bien "taxée" comme d'habitude pour les étrangers ! Sur le chemin , une véritable "cour des miracles" : aveugles, goitreux, infirmes de toute sorte : POIGNANT ! Le prêtre chargé de la clé peut se montrer fort aimable (vu le prix demandé , logique!)

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