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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit northern Ethiopia and learn about an ancient king who left a great legacy to his people and the world: the rock-hewn church known as St. Giyorgis, where religious services are held to this day. See a virtual rendering of all the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela at the Zamani Project.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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