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Situated some 2 hours walk from Lalibela, the church of Asheton Maryam is attributed to the 13th century King Neakutoleab. While architecturally the church is not that impressive, its location at the top of a hill with panoramic view makes it interesting. It also possesses collection of crosses and icons.
Lalibela is the home of eleven churches carved out of volcanic tuff in the 12th century. While rock-churches are common in Ethiopia, the Lalibela ones are unique due to their concentration and refinement. It is only here we get free standing monolithic churches. The Lalibela churches are regarded widely as one of the wonders of the world. The highlight of the visit of Lalibela is the cruciform church, Bete Gyorgis, which is undoubtedly the most photographed church in Ethiopia.
The unusual cave church of Neakutoleab is one of the most accessible churches close to Lalibela. It is attributed and dedicated to the 13th century King Neakutoleab.
The 12th century church of Yimrhane Kirstos located some 42 kilometers north of Lalibela is regarded as one of the best built up churches in Ethiopia. That it is built inside a large cave helped its survival in good shape for centuries.