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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Lalibela 1260, Ethiopia
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So interesting

My first time seeing temples or churches that are carved into rock vs. Built up from the ground... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
AvidWanderlust
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Marvellous religious site

Absolutely magnificent archeological site. A must visit for a couple of days. Every single church... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barbaragarcg
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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.
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  • Average3%
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Lalibela 1260, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first time seeing temples or churches that are carved into rock vs. Built up from the ground. Such an Intersting architecture.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely magnificent archeological site. A must visit for a couple of days. Every single church is outstanding

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I flew in from Abu Dhabi, through Addis Ababa. After reading other reviews, we were lucky that one of the most popular guides was available on these days (2-3 days are enough). Ayalew Setegn picked us from the airport, showed us the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since we had been to Ellora and Ajanta in India, we were very keen to see teh rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. While not as large or impressive as Kailasanatha, these were impressive in their own right, especially since they are still in use with traditions...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beyond incredible. An unforgettable place of living history and religious devotion. Go early in the morning by 6 am to see the pilgrims crowding the church of St. George. And don’t miss the mummy to the left of the entrance!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chuches are nice but the metalic structure and dirty constructions around them ruin them. You arrive and see these ancient monoliths and a big metalic tructure in each corner which could have been designed in a better way to camouflage with the actual structure...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought the term “living rock” was ridiculous – I couldn't understand how a rock could be alive – until I saw the 13 “living rock” churches in Lalibela. Back in the 12th century, these churches were excavated out of solid rock, so everything is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All churches can be completed in a weekend, easily. Tickets are USD $50/person, and its a good idea to bring cash with you. Exchange rates are offered, but local ATMs are frequently out of order. Guides can be hired from about ETB 500/day (~$20), depending...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wonders of the eleven churches with its famous St. George church are absolutely worth visiting! We spent there more than five hours with our guide. I think it is one of the places to see in Africa

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The collective number of churches are very very special. A must in Ethiopia. Its very humbling and they are not monuments but living breathing churches. Try and be there on a Sunday or a Saint;s Day. Very moving.

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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
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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
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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
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