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ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES IN lALIBELA (ETHIOPIA)

 

The churches are carved from soft volcanic rock, some cut into the face of a cliff, while others are isolated structures in deeply carved pits with long access passages or trenches. The earliest carved monuments may not have been churches, but in the 10th and 11th centuries AD sophisticated churches of diverse styles were created, with architectural features that scholars believe originated in ancient Aksum, which flourished up to 800 years previously. The finest examples are three-aisle or five-aisle basilicas, carved inside and out, with window openings as well as detailed geometric ornamentation.

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Animation based on 3D Laserscans of Beta Giyorgis (Church of Saint George) in Lalibela (Ethiopia).


Animation of the 3D Model of Beta Giorgis (without the trench) in lalibela, Ethiopia.


Animation of the 3D Laser-Scan Model "Biet Emanuel" Church in Lalibela, Ethiopia


Animation of the 3D Laser-Scan Model "Beta Maryam" in Lalibela, Ethiopia


Animation of the 3D Laser-Scan Model "Beta Medhane Alem" in Lalibela, Ethiopia


Animation of the 3D Laser-Scan Model "Beta Abba Libanos" in Lalibela, Ethiopia


Animation of the 3D Laser-Scan Model "Beta Abba Libanos" without the roof, Lalibela, Ethiopia


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