Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, Lalibela

4.5
#5 of 8 in Historic Sites in Lalibela
Meet the one priest who lives and serves at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab--a dwelling tucked away in a massive cave. Talk about the monastery's history, and peruse the old artifacts and manuscripts. Tour the small site to see centuries-old hand-painted frescoes, and collect holy water dripping down the side of the cave. Afterwards, climb the cliff that covers the monastery and enjoy a spectacular view of the open landscape. Wear proper footwear since the hiking trail can be slippery and difficult to maneuver. Put Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab at the forefront of your travel plans using our Lalibela trip planner.
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  • Church built by King Nakuto after Lalibela XII-XIII ° sec.. Nestled in a cavern of a small valley. It preserves a sacred book of 1500 with representations of saints, some ancient crosses and accessories. The water that filters from the ceiling is considered sacred.
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  • Located about 6 or 7 kilometers from the city, it is an interesting visit because it is a monastery built around a cave and that houses many treasures. The journey to the monastery is also interesting with touches of Ethiopian rural life, but when you arrive, although it impresses quite its location and the use of the cave space for its construction, it disappoints a little the state in which it is And in which are found the treasures in it are housed, giving a sense of a certain abandonment and lack of valuation of what lies there.
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