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Petit Futé's opinion on BETA GHIORGHIS, THE HOUSE OF ST. GHIORGHIS

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It is the most famous church in Lalibela, immortalized on all postcards. This monolithic cross-shaped church was dug directly into the rock at the beginning of the 13th century. According to legend, Saint George, patron saint of Ethiopia, appeared to King Lalibela, surprised and probably a little offended that none of the churches were dedicated to him. To repair the oblivion, the pious ruler undertook to dedicate the most beautiful of his sanctuaries to him. As history and myth are easily confused, it is accepted that this sanctuary is later than the others and represents the apogee of Lalibela's architectural art. Indeed, this masterpiece is admired. From the bottom of a 12 m long pit rises the majestic cruciform monument (Greek cross) placed on a stepped base. Only the roof carved with interlocking crosses, where a drainage system appears (on only three branches), announces the sanctuary at ground level. It is accessed through a long trench where, according to tradition, the footprints of the hooves of Saint George's horse, who had come to admire the work, are inscribed. The twelve facades are decorated with several cornices and two levels of windows, of which the lower ones are blind, with very different motifs.

The interior retains its Greek cross shape and the Saint of the Saints is surmounted by a dome.

The exterior is excavated with many cavities appreciated by hermits, one of which contains a few mummified bodies. A larger room represents the kené malet intended to receive the choir during the services. Nearby, the green algae that cover the water in the pool for immersion add an unusual touch to the monochrome ensemble.

The isolation of the sanctuary on the edge of the village, in an open space, and the surprising state of conservation of the complex give it a particular solemnity. The sunrises and sunsets, nestled in a grazing light on the red walls of the monument, are magical moments.

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Members' reviews on BETA GHIORGHIS, THE HOUSE OF ST. GHIORGHIS

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Nialag
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Visited in november 2019
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Site de Lalibela
Je suis revenu pour la deuxième fois sur le site des Eglises de Lalibela. Non-croyant, j'ai malgré tout été saisi et envoûté par l'ambiance du lieu. J'ai eu la chance d'assister à des cérémonies religieuses.
jlnad
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Visited in november 2019
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Eglise coup de coeur
Elle a été notre dernière église visitée. C'est la seule église enterrée au monde. Elle est sur un site qui n'a nulle part son équivalent.
tilo972
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Visited in march 2019
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Absolument magnifique
Eglise très connue et dont la photo est dans tous les guides d Éthiopie. J ai bien entendu beaucoup apprécié cette église, impressionné par la hauteur et le fait qu elle soit taillée en une pièce. C est mon coup de coeur parmi les églises de Lalibela.
APowell
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Visited in april 2017
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Beta Ghiorgis est la 11eme et dernière église se trouvant à Lalibela et est en quelque sorte "le clou du spectacle" comme elle est entièrement excavée dans le plateau rocheux et se trouve séparée des autres églises.
vdehondt
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Visited in february 2017
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C'est à mon avis l'église la plus impressionnante de Lalilbella de part sa taille et de sa position enclavée. Penser à revenir au coucher du soleil

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