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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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A Guide is a MUST!

Adadi Mariam is awesome! But you 100% MUST have a guide and a driver. Its WAY out in the country (1.5 hours from Addis) in an extremely rural area and would be completely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
RedParade
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Northern VA

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Above Addis Ababa, in the hills and near a rough track used by Ethiopian runners to practice. A very interesting Holy place to visit, with a knowledgable guide to explain what it was like before half of it collapsed. The small window for babies to be handed through for Baptism was one of the unusual features explained.

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Northern VA
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Adadi Mariam is awesome! But you 100% MUST have a guide and a driver. Its WAY out in the country (1.5 hours from Addis) in an extremely rural area and would be completely impossible to find by yourself. If no one is expecting you the church might be closed up, there was no one there the day I went except... More 

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2 Thank RedParade
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

yet another architectural wonder in my country. a smaller lalibela just a short way down from Addis. this is by far the most memorable trip i have made. peaceful, quite, calm and soothing.

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Thank Edom B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This full day excursion southwest of Addis Ababa gives visitors the chance to visit archeological sites as well as the intact rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam. believed to be constructed the famous king Lalibela. at Melka Kunture Archaeological site we have a chance to see(nearly 2 million year old) discovered fossils of pre-historic age . the Stone tools in the... More 

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3 Thank AberaW
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Adadi Mariam also lies along this road and it is the only rock hewn church to exist as far south as this region. The church is not as carefully carved as the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela but it has a lot of similarities with most of them and the rock-hewn churches of Tigray. It is attributed to the famous priest... More 

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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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8 reviews
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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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