Built By Angels: African Jerusalem ‘Lalibela’

If faith is a mystery, there are few places in the Christian world where the mystery is deeper than in Lalibela. 800 years ago, an Ethiopian king ordered a new capital for Christians. At 8,000 feet, on the central plateau of Ethiopia stand 11 churches, each carved from a single, gigantic, block of stone. No bricks, no mortar, no concrete, no lumber, just rock sculpted into architecture. Not much is known about who built them, or why. But the faithful of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church say there’s no mystery really. The churches of Lalibela were built by angels.

Pillgrims on their way to Lalibela:

Cross Church viewed from above:

Cross Church viewed from above:

The northern highlands of Ethiopia rose 31 million years ago when fissures in the earth flooded the Horn of Africa with lava a mile deep. On hillsides you can still see columns of lava frozen in time. Iron made the basalt red and, gases trapped inside, made the stone light, as light and pliable as air. Christians laid their mark on Ethiopia before the year 400. They found the ancient stone welcomed the bite of a chisel. The churches were carved around the year 1200 by people called the Zagwe.

BY SCOTT PELLEY – DECEMBER 1, 2019 | 60 Minutes

Produced by Nicole Young. Associate producer, Katie Kerbstat. Broadcast associate, Ian Flickinger.

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About Harun Jihad Bilal

I testify that nothing deserves worship/prayer but Allah (GOD) alone; and I testify that Muhammad (to whom Allah revealed the Quran) is HIS last servant and messenger.
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