On one of our free days in Ethiopia, my brother-in-law Ryan and I visited Lalibela, a rural town of 25,000 inhabitants located in northern Ethiopia. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, and is steeped in Orthodox tradition, with churches dating back thousands of years. These beautiful, fascinating churches are hewn out of rock.
The day we were there happened to be an Orthodox holiday, Day of our Savior, and we were able to witness a service with several priests and nuns in attendance. It was an austere gathering, with singing and enormous, hollow drums beckoning us to bow in holy reverence.
You can see additional photos on my website here and here.