|Eleven Churches were carved|
out of red volcanic rock about
1200 AD by King Lailibea. This
is Bet Medhane Alem, the largest.
There are 3 empty graves inside
for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
|Each church has a chanting|
room, a holy room, and a Holy
of Holies. This is Bet Maryam.
|A wooden footbridge takes visitors|
over a deep gorge to Bet Gabriel
|All were carved with a chisel and|
hammer. Most are smooth with fine
details but some are roughly hewn.
|The tomb of Adam in|
|Bet Mariam with a lot of|
symbolism, the star of David,
a dove, an all seeing eye,
different crosses, and
|The many niches carved in the outer|
walls were tombs. The skeletons have all
been removed except for three.
|Pathways and tunnels connecting the different churches. Below:|
Baptismal fonts deep enough for immersion but now they sprinkle and pour too.
|Three views of Bet Giyorgis. The whole|
church is built in the shape of a Greek cross.
|People used to be able to walk|
up the Straight and Narrow
Path. If they were righteous,
they didn't fall off.
|Since this railing was near the path, we|
will call it the iron rod.
|Door with many large nails so|
noone could chop it open.
|The curtain of the Holy of Holies|
but only the Highest priest could
|Bet Abba Libbanos|
|The shortcut climbing out of Bet Giyorgis.|