This place really does live up to ones expectations - the churches are in two main groups, with the single most famous church Bet Giorgis isolated by itself. This church is the only one not covered by a protective canopy, making it the best photo opportunity, and indeed the skill of its workmanship justifies its fame.
Of the other two church groups, the NW group is the most interesting, particularly Bet Maryam. This church is a cave church inside a cube of rock that has itself been hewn from the living rock - amazing feat of workmanship. Inside it is lavishly decorated in carved and painted relief.
The SE group of church is a little more mixed, but again there is one church hewn out in the same fashion as Bet Maryam, and with even more pseudo-architectural detailing carved into the stone inside and out (I can't remember its name). This was said to be the private chapel of the king. Wonderfully atmospheric inside, with the red light filtering in.
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