The second are the single-storey "chika" buildings which are round and built of earth and wattle, which he feels reflects more "scarcity".Angel's report also included an inventory of Lalibela's traditional buildings, placing them in categories rating their state of conservation.He describes the unique church structures as follows: Although Ramuso included plans of several of these churches in his 1550 printing of Álvares' book, who supplied the drawings remains a mystery.
Lalibela is also home to an airport (ICAO code HALL, IATA LLI), a large market, two schools and a hospital.
According to the 2007 Census Data, the population was 17,367, of whom 8,112 were males and 9,255 were females.
On the other hand, local historian Getachew Mekonnen credits Masqal Kibra, Lalibela's queen, with having one of the rock-hewn churches (Abba Libanos) built as a memorial for her husband after his death.
Contrary to the myths and Cult alternative theories created and advocated by Alternative Archaeologist (Pseudoarchaeology) writers like Graham Hancock, Buxton states the great rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were not built with the help of the Knights Templar; asserting abundant evidence exists to show that they were produced solely by medieval Ethiopian civilization.
" Pankhurst also notes that the Royal Chronicles, which mention Ahmad Gragn's laying waste to the district between July and September 1531, are silent about the Imam ravaging the fabled churches of this city.
He concludes by stating that had Ahmad Gragn burned a church at Lalibela, it was most likely Bete Medhane Alem; and if the Muslim Army was either mistaken or misled by the locals, then the church he set fire to was Gannata Maryam, "10 miles east of Lalibela which likewise has a colonnade of pillars cut from the mountain." This rural town is known around the world for its churches carved from within the earth from "living rock," which play an important part in the history of rock-cut architecture.After de Castanhoso, more than 300 years passed until the next European, Gerhard Rohlfs, visited Lalibela some time between 18.According to the Futuh al-Habasa of Sihab ad-Din Ahmad, Ahmad Gragn burned one of the churches of Lalibela during his invasion of Ethiopia.Ethiopia is one of the earliest nations to adopt Christianity in the first half of the fourth century, and its historical roots date to the time of the Apostles. Lalibela is located in the Semien Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, at roughly 2,500 meters above sea level.The churches themselves date from the seventh to thirteenth centuries, and are traditionally dated to the reign of the Zagwe dynasty king Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (r. It is the main town in Lasta woreda, which was formerly part of Bugna woreda.Christian faith inspires many features with Biblical names – even Lalibela's river is known as the River Jordan.