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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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Hi Marc - we paid about $200 return for air tickets from Addis to Lalibela and would recommend that you stay a few days there as it is lovely - we only stayed one night and wished we had stayed more nights. Marilyn is correct - we booked a brilliant guide (Abebe) though the hotel and we also booked a pickup and dropoff from the airport too. We tipped the guide in US$ as they prefer that. He spent 4 hours with us and walked us around the 11 churches - our price with the hotel also included the entrance for the churches as well.
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
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 till around 09:00am. But once the service is started, you should not allowed going here and there for your personal activities. Instead you stay inside the church and follow the service wiht the locals until it over. In side the church or compound moving to much is not advising for others would be disterbed.How ever, you can take photos when you find necessary. Then after the mass, you can head for your sightseeing. Buying the ticket on Saturday is more convient to enter the church compound on Sunday.
Enjoy your time.