The Lalibela Story
Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, elephant silhouettes...
The rest of the world is represented by history and achievement. Africa should be too.
So here’s another option:
Taj Majal, Eiffel Tower, Lalibela...
In 12th century Ethiopia, King Lalibela got his name when bees swarmed around his head at birth. His mother named him Lalibela, which means bees recognize his sovereignty. She prophesied that he would one day be king. He is remembered for the rock-hewn churches he had built in the town that now bears his name.
The best known is the cross-shaped church. Unlike most buildings in the world, it was built from the top down. Imagine that. Carving down into the ground to build a structure out of solid rock in the perfect shape of a cross. Then hollowing out the inside. 900 years ago.
The New York Times art critic said about the churches in Lalibela: “In scale, number and variety of form, there is no architecture or sculpture quite like them anywhere.”
I created the Lit Up Lalibela replica to tell a story. Everyone who buys one helps tell this story.
Thank you for that.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of this replica go towards preserving Lalibela’s churches.