Hundreds of miles to the south and east of Axum with daily Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, is another ancient settlement, Lalibela, which is also famous for its architecture. Lalibela is a city caved from legend – a medieval settlement in the Lasta area of wollo that is the site of king Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th century. These notable structures are carved inside and outside the solid rock, and are considered among the wonders of the world. Each building is architecturally unique, and several of them are decorated with fascinating rock paintings. The unadulterated biblical atmosphere and vivid local colore of the Timket celebrations provided an ideal opportunity to see lalibela as a sacred centre whose roots go back to man’s very early years.