- Small town of Lalibela is a religious and pilgrimage center in Ethiopia
- Lalibela is famous for its 11 rock-hewn churches built 900 years ago
- It attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year
- Lalibela has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978
Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN)It's 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons.