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The Church of Saint George in Lalibela, Ethiopia is one of the 11 rock-hewn churches in the town, considered to be one of the most important examples of Ethiopian medieval architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church is carved entirely out of a single block of red volcanic rock and is said to have been built in the 12th or 13th century AD, during the reign of King Lalibela.

The Church of Saint George has a cruciform shape and is known for its intricate details, including doorways and windows with pointed arches and columns with capitals decorated with geometric and floral designs. The roof is covered with a gabled stone roof and is supported by a series of arches, which create a spacious interior with a central nave and two side aisles.

The church is also known for its unique system of drainage, which diverts rainwater into underground channels to prevent water damage to the interior. Additionally, the church is said to have been built on the site of King Lalibela's palace and is considered to be one of the holiest sites in Ethiopia, attracting thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year.