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An Underground Cathedral in Ethiopia

Whether or not you consider yourself a spiritual person, there’s something special about visiting sacred sites during a trip. Not only do these structures give a sense of place and community, but they are often some of the most stunning buildings in any given destination. In northern Ethiopia, the small town of Lalibela is known for its eleven medieval churches carved out of monolithic rock. The churches, which date all the way back to the 12th century, come complete with catacombs and ceremonial passages; some even have networks of trenches that connect them to the other buildings. Although ancient, the structures still welcome pilgrimages today.