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A monument to man's creative spirit

An awesome experience! What an architectural feat considering the limited tools available. Make... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marilyn S
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Somerset West
Incredible

Pictures cannot possible capture the impression these churches create. We were blown away. Wear... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
michelle h
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An awesome experience! What an architectural feat considering the limited tools available. Make sure to take a guide as they add so much to the overall history and context of this setting, as well as providing interesting points about the Ethiopian Orthodox religion. Not to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pictures cannot possible capture the impression these churches create. We were blown away. Wear easily removable shoes because you have to take them off every time you enter one of the churches

Thank michelle h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice place to visit but people are getting carried away when they say it is the eighth wonder of the world. You also have to pay 50 bucks to help keep 400 priests in the life they are accustomed too. Thank you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip was absolutely worth it to see the eleven churches and one 42km away in a cave. Beautiful and impressive, incredible to see the culture. Please respect local custom and wear appropriate clothing (and females cover heads), it was disappointing to see how many...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The church tour we did with Ayalew was very interesting and informative. Ayalew picked us up from the airport and was flexible to our needs. He also provided good recommendations and was very friendly.

Thank MC F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been at lalibela ethiopia to visit rock hewn churches and around from july 21 to july 25 .at this time of staying my guide for all activities was from lalibela rock hewn churches amazed tour his name is yayehrad and he was very...More

Thank Yayehyirad M
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The visit was very educational. We were amazed at the architecture and the feat of creating the stone churches. I believe that you need a full day to see them all. If you have a "balance" issue a good guide can make all the difference!!!...More

Thank Jerry E
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful church with all the history and unbelievable architecture. Ethiopian Christmas is the best time to visit if interested to see the ceremony but it will be so crowded so need an early plan .The rainy season of Ethiopian will be the low season .

Thank mahlet m
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is a must see in Ethiopia so try and include it in your trip. We got a guide but you could probably do it solo. I would recommend getting a guide to make the most of your trip here as well as helping supporting...More

Thank HT204
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We four friends from Clemson university had visited Ethiopiaon May 2017 for 10 days. We use the service Ethiopian tour operator King Dawit Tours Ethiopia. From the beginning the company manager Dawit replied towards our request very quickly and he answer all my questions and...More

Thank Scottimbus3
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Becky A
Hi... I am doing research about Visitor Management at World Heritage Sites and I chose Lalibela Churches for case study! I will be grateful if you can answer for me the following questions. The questions are: 1. Based on your experience how would you rate Lalibela quality of: ( e.g. Excellent- Poor) * Accessibility? * Transportations? * Accommodation/Hotels? * Facilities? * Tourist information centre? * Safety? * Road infrastructure? * Signage? 2. What is your main purpose of your visit? (e.g. Leisure/holiday, Religion purpose, visiting family or friends etc..?) 3. How did you found out about Lalibela heritage? ( e.g. Internet/website, travel agent, recommendation from family or friends) 4. Based on your most recent visit did Lalibela heritage site live up your expectations? 5. Based on your experience how likely would you recommend Lalibela as a place to visit to a friend or relative? (e.g. extremely likely- not likely) 6. How do you rate Lalibela heritage site entrance fee? (e.g. Extremely Expensive- Cheap) 7. Overall how satisfied are you with your experience visiting or using Lalibela site services and products? ( Very satisfied - slightly satisfied etc..) 8. Are there any specific ways in which Lalibela visitor management could improve this site to make the visit more enjoyable? Thank you so much for your time!!
28 March 2015|
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Response from eardstapper | Reviewed this property |
Hi Becky I went with two friends, we booked with Vast Ethiopia Tours, flew in to Lalibela from Addis Ababa, and had a private vehicle with tour guide provided, collected from airport. All very easy. So that answers Qs 1... More
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