There are 11 churches in total at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela. Built in the 12th century by King Lalibela, these churches were and are a sacred pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia. Because these churches are still houses of worship and sites for ceremonies, one tours the complex with a guide and an assistant, who holds on to shoes during visits inside the church.
The most famous and well-preserved church is the Church of St. George. When walking toward this church, one sees only the cross-shaped roof interrupting a flat cliffside. Closer to it, it becomes evident that the free-standing, symmetrical church was shaped and dug out of the red rock. It's at that moment, one feels this site has justly deserved its "Eighth Wonder of the World" designation.