The Basilicas of Ethiopia: An architectural history, by Mario di Salvo

05 July 2019


The basilica characterises the history of Christianity in Ethiopia, the most famous being at Lalibela; and Yemrehanna Krestos, of which this picture shows the nave, lies about 12km from there inside a deep cavern, symbolically expressing a relationship with Mother Earth. From a handsome, illustrated book by Mario di Salvo on the unique architectural features of these buildings, and how they developed: The Basilicas of Ethiopia: An architectural history (I. B. Tauris, £30 (£27); 978-1-78453-725-8)

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