14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Inside one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Inside the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, you will always find a priest or church elder standing guard over priceless relics. While visiting one of these centuries-old churches, I stopped in my tracks at the contrast of a priest sitting in the corner and a huge painting of Jesus Christ. It captured the spirit of Lalibela in a single frame.

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Date Taken: 09.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Copyright: © Dottie Bond