Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its monolithic rock cut churches. Lalibela is one of the ethiopian holiest cities along with Aksum. Therefore, it is a center of pilgrimage for so many people in the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is almost completely Ethiopian orthodox christian. The layout and the names of the major structures in Lalibela are widely accepted, especially by the local clergy, to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem. This has led some experts to date the current form of its churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by the Muslim soldier Saladin.