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The Pilgrimage (16 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A pilgrim reads from the bible along the steep walls of Lalibela's stone churches. Originally built in the 12th and 13th centuries as a second Jerusalem for Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians, pilgrims arrive to the site each year to celebrate Orthodox Christmas. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (23 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

Clad in tattered robes and blankets, pilgrims follow a priest into a rock church in Lalibela's holy complex. The pilgrims descend from all parts of the country to take part in the prayers during Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (24 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
30 Dec 2012

A group of women enter one of Lalibela's largest rock churches. Carved from the mountain to evade detection, the holy site is meant to represent a second Jersusalem to Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (5 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Serenity and fulfillment consummate one's spiritual journey. For the pilgrims transfixed in prayer, the experience has been a voyage both into the depths of the earth as well as the depths of their own faith. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, in the small town of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (3 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Pious Ethiopian Orthodox Christians stand above the cross-shaped stone church of Bet Giyorgis. After congregating early in the morning, the pilgrims travel down the stone steps of the church to be blessed by the priest. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, in the small town of Lalibela, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (12 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

A young Orthodox Priest takes part in the prayers early in the morning at Bet Giyorgis, the cross-shaped stone church in Lalibela. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (11 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

An Ethiopian Orthodox priest awaits pilgrims in one of Lalibela's 12 stone churches. Pilgrims flock to the holy city each year for Christmas. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (10 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

Religious iconography is carved into the stone of the many rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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The Pilgrimage (9 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
29 Dec 2012

A pilgrim prays against the wall of Bet Giyorgis, the cross-shaped stone church in Lalibela. Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.