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The church of Yemrehanna Kristos is one of Ethiopia's best-preserved late Axumite churches, and is named for a twelfth-century Zagwe priest-king and saint. The church is located inside a large natural cavern on a hill in northern Ethiopia, set in a...more
Lalibela, Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A very special visit with oodles of religious history, and approached through typical rolling countryside. Small parking area in hill village for walk up to the cave.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To get to this church You need to climb up the mountains but there is good stairs. Be prepared for a hike. The entrance is partly under a water fall. The church is build inside a cave and behind there is a huge stock of...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank kemmax
Reviewed 1 November 2018

It is a beautiful place very different from all the other churches in the area. Driving time was only 1 hour. If you are in the area on October 29 (and not October 10 as mistakenly mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide) - make sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 70ava
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This was, by far, the most moving space in all of Lalibela. You could sense it has been a sacred ground for a long, long time. Honestly one of the highlights of the entire tour of the country.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

A nice walk up to a spectacular and uncommon church. Well worth the trek and the long road. Don't miss it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Metravellingagain
Reviewed 11 October 2018

While this site is 1.5 hours away from Lalibela, the drive is absolutely gorgeous. The site itself is exceptional, located in a natural cave, and ornate carved and painted ceilings in the interior. For a small tip my guide arranged for me to see a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JourneysFromSeattle
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

You have to walk up the hill for half an hour , not too hard worth the effort. It is different from the other in the city!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sigalfirst
Reviewed 3 October 2018

If you have the opportunity to be in the area, make this a must do. The church they've built into this cave is very unique and the skeletons at the back give off an amazing energy and feel to them

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Callum B
Reviewed 30 September 2018

after an hour road trip where we saw the good country side and the life how hard it is there, different to Lalibela, we walked for 25 minutes up a hill to reach the Cave with the monastery right inside. Our guide educated us on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FOL-1003
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Takes about 1 hour 45 minutes from the town, the first stage strangely being a bit rough. Lovely views all the way so time flew, 10 minutes hike up and you’re in front of the cave in which the church is built. I can’t say...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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