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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Not like Lalibela

This was my very first visit in Ethiopia, en route to the south. It was Sunday and late in December, so there were many pilgrims. I was actually the only foreigner there. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Ripon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

If you can't get to Lalibela this rock hewn church gives you an idea of how the great churches in the north have been carved out of the rock. A beautiful, peaceful place still used regularly by worshippers and that needs to be remembered when visiting

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Zaragoza, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This was my very first visit in Ethiopia, en route to the south. It was Sunday and late in December, so there were many pilgrims. I was actually the only foreigner there. The church is small and doesn't have any paintings or anything remarkable. What's interesting is how it is built. It's not so much like Lalibela churchs, where you... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I did not go to Lalibela but I very much enjoyed this church. Unless you are traveling north then this one is worth a visit. The key is not to compare it with others, but to transport your mind in time to imagine services there, walking down the steps to below ground and so on. It is still a functioning... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The church resemble Bete Giorgis, one of the rock hewn church in Lalibela. It is better to visit this place before Lalibela. According to the guide I had, the church wasn't finished being built. As a result, the ceiling gets lower and lower as you go further in the church. The church was built by King Lalibela. Some bits of... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A very interesting rock hewn church, but recommend a visit before you go to Lalibele (if you are going) as it might be a bit of a dissapointment after seeing Lalibela.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We went on a day trip to see this underground church. It had just rained the night before so the walk was very muddy. I recommend hiking shoes if the ground is wet. The church was a little smaller than I had expected but still cool to see.

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you visit the north of Ethiopia too Im not sure that this site will impress you but if you visit only the southern part - this place worth a visit. The experience is much more unique when there is a mass taking place.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Adadai Mariam is Rocke Hewen church of The 13th c. It is Believed to be built By Emperor Lalibel the Famouse Saint King of Ethiopia also Built Churches of Lalibela. He built this church on his way to a Holley Place called Ziqual Abo. You can see it from a distance, the Volcanic Mountain you can see while you Drive... More 

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

If you don't have the chance to see the more famous sites this church is well worth a visit, an hour and a half from Addis, this church is still a working church. A service was underway when we visited so this added to the ambience. There are several other historical sites along this road so it makes a worthwhile... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

UNESCO -- " This rock-hewn church is a 600-year-old sanctuary in the building tradition of the northern part of Ethiopia, and marks the advent of Christianity in the southern part of Adadi Mariam, badly damaged by time, has been strengthened and restored with the aid of Switzerland. Adadi Mariam is a subterranean rock-hewn church similar to those of Lalibela. This... More 

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Address: Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Addis Ababa

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