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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
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A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive...

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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Truly a world heritage site

10 magical churches, 900 years old. Each with a better story than the one before Views are amazing and the site is out of this world

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

10 magical churches, 900 years old. Each with a better story than the one before Views are amazing and the site is out of this world

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only are thes churches 8 centuries old, but they are still in use and the spirital ambiance of the site makes it an outstanding experience

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The local Orthodox Diocese at Lalibela have, I believe, have become guilty of the sin of extortion. If you decide to visit the rock hewn churches outside the township you will be charged between $8 and $14US each person. That is enough money to purchase three to four Ethiopian meals at a local restaurant! Plus with the sole exception of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is too bad that it is necessary to protect these churches with big roof constructions, but otherwise it is a great place to see. Mindblowing that they were able to carve this out of the rocks without any powertools like we have now.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not disappointed!! The churches were quite spectacular considering they were carved out of the rock. These are churches and as such dress accordingly. There are many reasons to go to Ethiopia but these churches would have been enough.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great to see in the early morning or evening to miss the tour rush. I'd recommend getting a local guide as there are so many stories associated with each church that add to the experience. Incredible and like nothing else I have I have ever seen. You only need a day to look around, but if you are coming all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To walk around and visit the rock churches in Lalibela is something very special - you are in the middle of old history! We had a guide, Daniel, who had lots of knowledge about the churches, their history and their current function and who cared for that we got the very best of the visit at the sites.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela is extremely impressive. It is difficult to imagine how it was possible to build such masterwork without any technical machines. I recommend warmly the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Ayalew Setegn, ayalewsetegn@gmail.com, Tel. +251 912844474. He knows everything about history and architecture of the churches, and with him you will feel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting these amazing rock hewn churches was the main reason I went to Ethiopia, and I wasn't in any way disappointed. My excellent guide Melese Tazeb, (melese11@yahoo.com) gave me all the history and architectural info I needed, and took me to the early morning service which is what really made the difference. Ethiopian spirituality is something else, and these churches... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're going to Lalibela, you're going to see these churches, plainly. But it is SO worth it! I had dreamed of visiting this town when I saw pictures of these churches in a textbook for a college course I took. It was incredible to see these structures and to be able to walk around them and see inside. We... More 

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