Bet Maryam, Church of the Virgin Mary

Bet Maryam has beautiful carved and painted roof details, and features a sacred column that is preported to be inscribed with the Ten Commandments, as well as the truth of the beginning and end of the world. Being such powerful secrets, the column has been covered in cloth since the 16th century, and the veil is too dangerous to lift, according to priests. This is the most popular church for Ethiopians since it is dedlicated the the Virgin, and the first church built in Lalibela, in or around the 12th century.



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