The Astonishing Lalibela Monolithic Stone “Churches” Of Ethiopia
In a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, eleven "medieval" monolithic churches were carved out of rock. Their building is attributed to King Lalibela who set out to construct in the 12th century a ‘New Jerusalem’, after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land. Lalibela flourished after the decline of the Aksum Empire.
The churches were not constructed in a traditional way but rather were hewn from the living rock of monolithic blocks. These blocks were further chiselled out, forming doors, windows, columns, various floors, roofs etc. This gigantic work was further completed with an extensive system of drainage ditches, trenches and ceremonial passages, some with openings to hermit caves and catacombs.
Rather than be overly concerned about when they were made, the bigger question is HOW? The stone is volcanic, but how hard it is has not been described in any of the source material I looked at. Are we led to believe that such massive monolithic works were done by crews of workers using hand tools all within the lifetime of one king? Sounds preposterous to me.
David Buxton established the generally accepted chronology, noting that "two of them follow, with great fidelity of detail, the tradition represented by Debra Damo as modified at Yemrahana Kristos." Since the time spent to carve these structures from the living rock must have taken longer than the few decades of King Lalibela's reign, Buxton assumes that the work extended into the 14th century. But again, using what tools?
However, David Phillipson, professor of African archaeology at Cambridge University, has proposed that the churches of Merkorios, Gabriel-Rufael, and Danagel were initially carved out of the rock half a millennium earlier, as fortifications or other palace structures in the waning days of the Axumite Kingdom, and that Lalibela's name simply came to be associated with them after his death.
Like many ancient places used for worship, it is possible that these amazing structures were simply inherited by King Lalibela from mysterious ancestors who had Lost Ancient High Technology, and were originally constructed for some other purpose.
You could visit this area after attending our Lost Ancient High Technology tour from March 8 to 21, 2015, or go with me after our Spring 2016 tour. For details about the 2015 tour, click HERE.
My 15 books about ancient mysteries are available in paper back and e-book formats HERE.
The Kingdom of Kush or Kush (/kʊʃ, kʌʃ/) was an ancient African kingdom situated on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now the Republic of Sudan.
Established after the Bronze Age collapse and the disintegration of the New Kingdom of Egypt, it was centered at Napata in its early phase. After king Kashta (“the Kushite”) invaded Egypt in the 8th century BC, the Kushite kings ruled as Pharaohs of the Twenty... continue reading
One of the most amazing, and yet least understood ancient structures in Egypt is the Osirion, located at Abydos, behind, below and connected to the Temple of Seti I. When archaeologists like Flinders Petrie and Margaret Murray were working at Abydos in the early 20th century, they discovered the Osirion by accident while excavating Seti’s Temple. The Osirion was completely buried under the sands of time.
The Osirion was originally constructed at a much ... continue reading
In order to move the Inca capital city of Cusco into the 21st century, some of the main streets have been dug up to lay and bury fiber optic cables for internet and telephone/cable service. What was uncovered on Mantas Street, which is one of the oldest in the city, shocked both the workers and residents…
Walls, as seen above which would appear to be of Inca construction, or possibly an earlier culture were discovered under the street, and these we... continue reading
One of the best aspects of studying ancient mysteries is sharing the knowledge with others, whether through my Facebook Page, Youtube Video Channel, Blog Posts, or other Media Outlets. However, direct experience is available for those who want actual “hands on” exposure to these amazing sites, and that is why we offer tours.
In September of 2014 we had the privilege of hosting three experts of megalithic ancient Egypt; Stephen Mehler, Yousef ... continue reading
Recent discoveries, as in within the last 2 years by the isida-project have cast new light on the fact that much of ancient, pre-dynastic Egypt is yet to be discovered. The following photos were taken by them at sites in the massive Saqqara complex, near the Giza Plateau, areas not available to most tour groups.
What would commonly be referred to as a sarcophagus lid reveals that it was clearly made using Lost Ancient High Technology, because the stone o... continue reading
One of the most mysterious and intriguing rulers of ancient Egypt was that of Akhenaten, who radically changed the whole course of the Egyptian civilization mainly by creating a new capital city called Amarna, Tell El Amarna, or Akhetaten, meaning “Horizon of the Aten.”
Construction started in or around Year 5 of his reign (1346 BC) and was probably completed by Year 9 (1341 BC), although it became the capital city two years earlier. To speed... continue reading
Although the Inca are the well known culture who made Cusco their capital, there are numerous examples of megalithic shaped stones which the Inca can not be said to have created. Their bronze tools would have been useless at creating these surfaces, and thus a much older and technically sophisticated people must have preceded them.
The site called Qenqo is amazing mainly because the entire stone outcrop has been shaped. Some academics believe that this w... continue reading
It was our great pleasure in September 2014 to have three experts of ancient Egypt with us visiting many sites in Peru and Bolivia. Yousef Awyan, Patricia Awyan and Stephen Mehler of the Khemit School based in the Giza area have spent decades studying the dynastic cultures, but more importantly for us the clear evidence in stone of Lost Ancient High Technology that preceded the “pharaohnic” people of Egypt.
After having thoroughly examined T... continue reading
Although ridiculed by some egyptologists, who claim these enigmatic glyphs outside of Sydney Australia are modern fakes, two Egyptian born and bred masters of hieroglyphics, Yousef Awyan and Mohamed Ibrahim believe that they tell a cohesive story, and that they are ancient.
In the above photo you can see Yousef and Mohamed in the underground complex called the Serapeum, at Saqqara. Both are master guides of ancient Egypt; Yousef having been trained by hi... continue reading
Bolivia, and especially Peru have ancient sites which conventional archaeology, though it tries, simply can not adequately explain. Such is the case of Samaipata, located on the edge of the high Amazon jungle somewhat close to the city of Santa Cruz.
First believed to have been occupied by diverse ethnic groups as early as 2000 BC, it wasn’t until 1470 AD that the Incas, the most famous tenants, first arrived. By the time the Spanish came and looted the ... continue reading
One of the greatest anomalies in Egypt is the unfinished obelisk, above located in the granite quarry at Aswan. Had it been completed, it would have weighed 1200 tons. Assertions that the hewing out was done with hand held stone pounders is at best comical. The cuts and marks in the surface above were failed attempts by later cultures to try and recycle the monolith.
In the bottom of the above photo you can see a long horizontal crack which coinci... continue reading