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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela Admission Ticket
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A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King Lalibela out of red volcanic rock.more
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Lalibela 1260, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a place. The drive from Gondar to Lalibela on a high plateau was impressive itself. But to see and experience Lalibela was a moment in life I will never forget. The history of this place is rich as well as the cultural heritage. It's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

visiting churches of Lalibela gives you a relief. it is not 20th century but 12th century. there was no machine but hand axe and chisel.it is not a museum but it is an active church to this days.what a skill. what strong spirit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The eleven 11-12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, carved out of rock from the top down, are each unique, incredible and make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although there is not much "concrete" historical data concerning the carving or creation of these incredible structures, there are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a guided tour on a Sunday and it was fabulous. The churches are so old and a must see. We felt especially privileged to be able to visit the churches and see the ceremonies on Sunday morning - since the churches are still...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most amazing experience with our tour guide, Zemachu Alamu. He was very patient with on this tour. He was very detailed in all of his answers and explanations about the church and the story behind its construction. He came with his driver...More

Thank Mawuli O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see location. Walking on uneven ground might be an issue. Take lots of water to avoid dehydration.

Thank Sjhedcon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique site to visit south of the Sahara. The cradle of Christianity on the African Continent a rock-hewn architecture you will find nowhere else.

Thank Margawindhoek P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture of these churches is just amazing, from the three different forms of the structures, to the many kinds of arch supports down to the drainage systems. Just amazing to see! And these are all active functioning churches.

Thank amoyemaat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sites are something we will never forget. A must do if you get to Ethiopia. We will never forget this trip. The history of these churches is mind blowing. We loved learning all the history.

Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our local guide, Desale, was fabulous. He gave us just the right amount of information and knew his way around the complex so well that he could alter how we approached the sites to suit my inability to climb steep slopes. You do need a...More

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Marc S
9 January 2018|
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Response from SteveMXP | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marc - we paid about $200 return for air tickets from Addis to Lalibela and would recommend that you stay a few days there as it is lovely - we only stayed one night and wished we had stayed more nights. Marilyn is... More
May F
2 December 2017|
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I’m coming today May 24th Alex if you are available come get me at the airport I’m landing at 10:20 am flight 122 my name is Fernando
29 November 2017|
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Response from Beyene A | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, Yes of course you can enter in the church you mentioned on Sundays since this is a day on which church service is going on the whole night starting the eve. Around 05:00am, the mass service will start and continues... More