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Adadi Mariam

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Ranked #13 of 21 attractions in Addis Ababa
Type: Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Most recent review
- Dec 1, 2013
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Adadi Mariam was not what I thought it would be. I've imagined something else all together. Not a place that I would have opted to visit.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

These rock hewn churches have to be seen to be believed. This one is extrememly overgrown - in fact I didn't realise we were upon it until the guide pointed down and I could see windows and doors carved into the rock! It is still a working church and to think it was carved out when Notre Dame was being... More

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

Adadi Mariam rock hewn church is one of three sites on a short tour 90km from Addis Ababa. Five of us bought the tour from our hotel, cost $71/person, including a good box lunch. I was going on to Lalibela, to see churches there, and this was a spontaneous add-on and was delighted with the experience. The church is small,... More

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