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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Unique church cut off a rock

Adadi Mariam church is a church which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful ones in the northern Ethiopia... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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82 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised when I was there in he rock-hewn Church of Adadi Mariam. After visiting the over all structures and architectural values, one can conclude this rock cut out hewn church is familiar to the 12th Century church of Lalibela. A day trip to the rock-hewn Church of Adadi Mariam is worthwhile because, it gives an opportunities to visit... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Adadi Mariam church is a church which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful ones in the northern Ethiopia. Adadi Mariam church is a great site to visit with a day trip from Addis Ababa. It is found 67 km south west of Addis Ababa... More 

2 Thank Muluken G
Addis Ababa
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21 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We made a visit to Adadi Mariam cave church which in interesting to be visited in you are going to Tiya Stele Field site and Mela Kunture Archaeological site.

Thank asaa_roman
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This place the place where Christians and peoples of other religion must see. It is not only matter of once religion it is also the countries treasure. And we can understand from this the strength of our fathers and mothers sacrificing for their belief. And to communicate with God nobody has to expect standard and well kept church, that's what... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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407 reviews
176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was the first rock-hewn church I'd seen: cave churches and crypts yes but never one hewn from rock. There is a 12 km unmade-up side road to enjoy after many km of pot holed tarred road often hazardous because of stray animals, over loaded carts, tuk-tuk, trucks and pedestrians. The un-tarred road takes one right into the heart of... More 

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

very interesting, the drive to there took about two hours (a bit long) but the visit was great. we learn a lot about the local culture and religion.

Thank JJH0706
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

i went there as a part of a day trip. it is interesting and leaves you with questions about the palce unfortunatly the local guide dosent know much and there are not enaugh signs to tell the story in english.and it is an interesting story with great potential.my tour guide corrected the local one... the little museum at the place... More 

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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

When first i see this place i did not know that it goes with lalibela but after i saw lalibela i easily find out that the same rock cut architecture it is. it has it's own symbolic gets and windows so that the church is made by the biblical signs is there of course i can say a lot about... More 

1 Thank Abiy T
Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 August 2016

A bit a drive to get there so better to do as part of a day trip; but loved the enchanting feel of the place. It looks like a natural underground palace.

1 Thank Lemoni977
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The journey here is fascinating and easy to do in a day for Addis Ababa. I took a driver and he stopped off at all the villages on the way. The villagers are amazingly friendly and I felt I had a real insight into their culture. On the way to the church we passed at least a thousand villagers returning... More 

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