Ethiopia is home to one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, dating back to the early fourth century. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church used to be a part of Egypt’s Coptic Church, but established its own patriarch in 1959. Today, nearly two thirds of the East African country’s population is Christian, with most belonging to the Orthodox Church.
Nowhere does the spirituality of the church’s followers echo louder than in Lalibela. The town is brimming with devotion; throughout the churches’ compound, you’ll find worshipers leaning against the structures, kissing the age-old rock walls, praying quietly or reading religious texts.