Ethiopia 1969 Reel 20 of 65

Category: Travelogue

Length: 17:44
Film ID F16-0363
Film Description Reel 20 of 65
Unedited travelogue


Cat. Reel 363 1969: Reel 20: Ethiopia. April 6-7. Gondar. Lalibela.

Rock hewn churches, those of Lalibela chiseled from granite in the 12th Century.
Gemjabiet Marian Church: [Bete Maryam] paintings in very dark interior.
Church of Medhami Alem, [Bet Medhane Alem] Savior of the World (11th Century): pillars (many reconstructed), windows, doors.
Pillars at corners and sides (pan shot).
Rock tomb openings in courtyard wall.
Corner of building. Rough granite wall of original excavation (under-exposed).
Carving: indentations in granite.
Tunnel to adjacent church. Rock seat.
Interface of church and granite cliff.
Church interior: arches, beams, etc. carved from living rock.
Group of five churches: first is Medhami Alem [Bet Medhane Alem] (pan).
Bet Marian Church [Bete Maryam] : windows, tunnels, exterior.
Bet Marian Church: [Bete Maryam] protruding, pillared entrance, relief carvings--men on horses, etc.
Cruciform baptismal pool.
Priests studying in entrance.
Very dark interior views; beams, arches, decorations, pillars.
Tunnel to Golgotha Michael Church [Bete Golgotha]: 2 square pillars.
Video Category Travelogue
Film Creator Watson Kintner
Topics Gondar, Churches, Antiquities, Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Lalibela, Antiquities, Christianity
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