The fate and future of the Tigray region

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The convention of slashing houses of worship out of rock, effectively validated in the past periods, is here taken to an unheard of level. The places of worship, a few of which are unsupported, for example, Beta Georges (Church of St. George, picture at head of page), have more intricate and very much characterized façades. They incorporate engineering components motivated by structures from the Assume Period. Moreover, a few, for example, Bet Maryam, include impeccable inward beatifications (above), which are additionally cut out of the stone, just as divider works of art. The insides of the holy places mix Assume components with later components of Copto-Arabic induction.

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