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The Rock-Hewn Church is a unique tile improvement of the Ethiopian civilization in Civilization VI. It must be built on Hills or Volcanic Soil tiles.


Maximizing Faith Faith generation is the key to Ethiopia's strategy under Menelik II, and the Rock-Hewn Church helps considerably with these efforts. A single one can provide up to +7 Faith Faith if surrounded by Hills and/or Mountains, which also translates to +1.05 Science Science and Culture Culture bonuses for a city founded on Hills. Once Flight is researched, it starts providing Tourism Tourism equal to its tile's Faith Faith bonus (including any bonuses from pantheons and being adjacent to a natural wonder or a Nazca Line), and its Appeal bonus can help create better places for National Parks and Seaside Resorts.

The Rock-Hewn Church helps spur the Ethiopians toward a Cultural Victory, especially if they use their accumulated Faith Faith to purchase Archaeological Museums and Archaeologists to fill them with Artifact Artifacts. Even if a Cultural Victory isn't their first choice, just the sheer Faith Faith output of this improvement plays very well into the Ethiopian toolkit, both for the additional Science Science and Culture Culture and quickly summoning a large army if they adopt Theocracy or build the Grand Master's Chapel.

In Gathering Storm, the Rock-Hewn Church cannot be removed from tiles by natural disasters, making it ideal for improving the tiles around active Volcanoes.

Civilopedia entry[]

In the 11th century, Ethiopian Christians found themselves cut off. Whereas in centuries before, pilgrims from the ancient Christian centers would travel to the Holy Land, but Muslim conquests prevented these travels. King Lalibela, then, decided to construct a site closer to home, something impressive enough to draw pilgrims from the region without them having to travel across a war-torn region. To this end, he ordered the construction of a “New Jerusalem” – the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

These were not ordinary churches. Instead, each was carved from a single giant stone, including doors, windows, columns, along with all of the practicalities: drainage ditches, catacombs, and hermits’ caves. As was required by the order to create a “New Jerusalem,” these churches include replicas of Jesus’s birthplace and tomb, so that visiting pilgrims could feel that they were able to commune with God without risking life and limb. They were – and remain - vital places of pilgrimage and worship for Coptic Christians.


Civilization VI Improvements [edit]
Standard AirstripCampFarmFishing BoatsFortGeothermal Plant GS-OnlyLumber MillMineMissile SiloMountain Tunnel GS-OnlyNational ParkOffshore Oil RigOffshore Wind Farm GS-OnlyOil WellPasturePlantationQuarryRailroad GS-OnlySeaside ResortSeastead GS-OnlySki Resort GS-OnlySolar Farm GS-OnlyWind Farm GS-Only
Unique ChâteauChemamull R&F-OnlyFeitoria1Golf Course R&F-OnlyGreat WallHacienda1Ice Hockey Rink GS-OnlyKampung1KurganMekewap R&F-OnlyMissionNubian Pyramid1Open-Air Museum GS-OnlyOutback Station1 GS-OnlyPairidaeza1Polder R&F-OnlyQhapaq Ñan GS-OnlyRock-Hewn Church1Roman FortSphinxStepwellTerrace Farm GS-OnlyZiggurat
City-state Alcázar1Batey1Cahokia Mounds GS-OnlyColossal HeadsMahavihara1Moai GS-OnlyMonastery1Nazca Line GS-OnlyTrading Dome1
Governor R&F-Only City Park R&F-OnlyFishery R&F-Only
Modes only Barricade4Corporation3Industry3Modernized Trap4Reinforced Barricade4Trap4Vampire Castle2
1 Requires DLC2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Monopolies and Corporations mode only • 4 Zombie Defense mode only

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.