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“cave church”(13 reviews)
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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
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All reviewscave churchwood and stonelalibela churchessteep climbrough roadminute climbbeautiful frescoeswalk uplong tripnice churchamazing historynice tripwell worth the effortbumpy rideentrance feeinjerarock hewn churches
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

The road from Lalibela is quite bad. If you can, try to go there on a Saturday, and ask your guide to stop for you to visit the nearby Saturday market (not the one near Lalibela - nicer).

Thank BecharaYen
Reviewed 7 June 2018

the church build inside shallow cave...it is simply beautiful. The drive also give us the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the highland of Ethiopia. all in all we had a nice morning excursion.

Thank Dambisamoyo
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Inside a natural cave is this 1000 year old church which is as made of marble dragged from Jerusalem. The back of the cave is a cemetery for around 5000 pilgrims who came over the centuries. Their skeletons are humbly laid out behind a chain...More

Thank Jitka L
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Roughly 42 kms from Lalibela, a long stone path seems to head to the clouds, and at my age, seemed near those clouds. But the path was easy to navigate. Just take it easy in the thin air unless you are used to Ethiopian heights....More

Thank Conrad S
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Built abotu 80 years before the Laibela churches, this place is haunting. a church built inside a cave. Watch out for the 5000+ skeletons of pilgrims also 800 - 900 years old.

Thank Khawaja Abdulla... S
Reviewed 13 May 2018

There is a nice path climbing up to the Monastry. Very special and work the time in driving to it. Has so many unique qualities, especially inside the church.

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Yemrehana Cristos Church is 42 km away from Lalibela and for this reason, not so visited. It is a bumpy road through the mountains interspersed with tarmac and rough road, some graded and some not. The church is set up in a cave and you...More

Thank HarpreetsWanderlust
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing church built under basalt cave. Not easy to reach you need to be reasonably fit and bring a torch. Visit very worthwhile. The local community are very poor and children tend to beg but don’t give them gifts as it encourages them to beg....More

Thank rosie f
Reviewed 4 March 2018

The site is up a hill and the climb is fairly steep. Lovely facade and carvings, a royal tomb, and pilgrims remains to be seen. Very impressive.

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 28 February 2018

This ancient church is absolutely amazing. It was built in a natural cave, and at first glance looks like a log cabin tyle construction. It is however, carved from solid rock. Magnificent to see, (although the hundreds of corpses lying behind the church are a...More

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