This medieval city, which was briefly become the capital city of Ethiopia after the fallen down of the Axumite kingdom in the 10th Century. Lalibela, a medieval settlement, is the site of eleven rock hewn churches believed to have been built in the late 12th and early 13th century by one of its king called Lalibela. These remarkable edifices, which were carved inside and outside of solid rock, are of eighth ranked among the wonders of the world. Each building is architecturally unique, all are finely carved and several are decorated with beautiful paintings that remain well preserved. A visit to this ancient setting is particularly worthwhile during the colorful Ethiopian Christmas on January 7 and Epiphany in January 19, just two weeks after the Christmas.