The town of Lalibela was originally known as Roha but was renamed after the 12th-century King Lalibela, who commissioned the extraordinary churches.
Were it not for these extraordinary rock-hewn churches, Lalibela could easily be overlooked. Nestled in the gently sloping countryside, this small dusty rural town has only had electricity since the late 1990s. A perfect town for exploration, its history offers a certain amount of intrigue for the discerning and culturally interested traveller.
However, it must be noted that getting down into the churches requires some dexterity, as the steps can be steep, rocky and rough.