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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Cool Church

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2014
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Saline, Michigan
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122 reviews 122 reviews
49 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Ibra
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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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103 reviews 103 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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