Beyt Giyorgis (Church of Saint George) carved from solid rock in the shape of a cross
The Ethiopian festival of Timket, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Priests all over the country bless various bodies of water- lakes, streams, or common tap, that is then thrown on passer-bys in a ritual reenactment of the baptism Here, encouraged by their parents, children play in a reservoir newly blessed.
To gain entry into the Church of Saint George, pilgrims must walk through a narrow, descending tunnel which allows access to the sunken courtyard
Pilgrims wait at one of the seven rock hewn churches overnight in preparation for final blessing by preists