3D Reconstructing a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia

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The Church of St. George is located in Lalibela, a town in northern Ethiopia. The church dates back to the 12th or 13th century, and was built/carved from the top down, into the ground, from a single piece of rock. Visitors can also go inside the church. It is one of eleven rock-hewn churches making up the Lalibela UNESCO World Heritage Site.