Lalibela: Ethiopia’s Jerusalem
The Lalibela Cross
Weighing in at 7 kg of solid gold, it is the most prized relic in Ethiopia, and is kept at Biete Medhani Alem. When it was stolen in 1997, the people “beat their chests and tore out their hair” for the pain of the loss. Years later, it appeared in the luggage of an art merchant.