The House of Saint George (from above)

At ground level St. George's Lalibela church looks like a cross rising from a pit. This church was carved directly into the ground, which must have been a tremendous undertaking in the 12th century.

The House of Saint George (from below)

The view from inside the pit reveals a cruciform church structure. While the church was designed to have protrusions on the facade to separate the floors, the entire structure was carved from a single block of stone.

The House of Mary

The House of Mary is another structure that was carved into the ground. The entire area around this church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, had to be excavated  to form the courtyard.

The House of the Savior of the World (from above)

A close look at the roof of Bete Medhane Alem in Lalibela shows the builders were keenly aware of the need for sturdy support.

The House of the Savior of the World (from below)

This faithful man standing at the base of this monolithic church gives us perspective on the massive undertaking required to carve such a large building from stone.

House of Abbot Libanos

Although there appears to be brick work on the facade, this is just for style. The whole building was carved out of the rock, which is still attched to the structure on the top and bottom.

The House of Emmanuel

On the House of Emmanuel, uniform grooves were carved across the entire building. These grooves were painstakingly designed, and it must have taken a long time to carve them to perfect uniformity.