DR . Rodas Tadesse

Lalibela incorporates twelve structures bound for love which, along with an organization of connecting hallways and chambers, are completely cut or “cut” out of living stone. The custom of cutting chapels out of rock, currently bore witness to in the past periods, is here taken to an unheard of level. The houses of worship, a few of which are unsupported, like Bete Gyorgis (Church of St. George, picture at top of page), have more intricate and obvious façades. They incorporate compositional components enlivened by structures from the Aksumite Time frame. Moreover, some, like Bete Maryam, include lovely inner enhancements (above), which are additionally cut out of the stone, as well as wall works of art. The insides of the chapels mix Aksumite components with later components of Copto-Arabic induction. In Bete Maryam, for instance, the building components —, for example, the slashed capitals and window outlines — impersonate Aksumite models (see underneath), though the artworks can measure up to those in the archaic Religious community of St. Antony at the Red Ocean.

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