Lalibela, Ethiopia. Lalibela is known as the new Jerusalem, so named for the eleven underground rock-hewn Orthodox Christian churches built there by King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela in the 12th century. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Every year, during the celebration of Christmas, thousands of pilgrims -- all dressed in white -- make their way to Lalibela - on foot, by bus and truck. They camp in open fields and attend a massive Christmas eve celebration at the Biete Mariam church. I photographed this recently arrived pilgrim on the day prior to the big celebration. He told me, through a translator, that he had traveled by truck and on foot for more than three days to reach Lalibela. Despite the massive crowds, there was a sense of reverence and tranquility throughout Lalibela, consistent with the spirit of goodwill and harmony in this special place that is holy to more than 40 million Ethiopian Christians.