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Simply Stunning. These are must see churches. The history is fabulous and you get transported in time. Ethiopia in general has so much to offer and each area of the historic north is worth your visit!
So many places you read about will disappoint you, but Lalibela and its churches is not one of them. They really are all they're cracked up to be. There are eleven churches in all, a northern group of six, an eastern group of four, and Bet Giorgis, the star of the show because it's cross-shaped (none of the others are).... More
What a sight. Ancient works of art, drawings, paintings, carvings encased in hand hewn rooms carved from solid rock. What a fantastic feat of engineering. Simply a tremendous place to visit and imagine the work of ages past.
The churches of Lalibela are unlike any other place I have visited - the locals consider them the 8th Wonder of the World and I completely agree. It is hard to express the feeling of awe I had when I visited the churches here. Aside from the fact that they are all carved by hand below ground, which in itself... More
Several Christian churches were cut out of enormous boulders in an exercise reminiscent of some of the churches and lodgings carved from tuffa in the Cappadocia region of Central Turkey -- but in harder rock and without the extensive paintings in the latter. Several churches are located in two separated areas, which one must climb to and scramble through. A... More
Really worth the $50 to see and humbling what can be achieved with vision, patience and hard work. I used a guide to explain the history and show me around which I also found most useful. However, the garish protective shelters that UNESCO funded are an eyesore and could surely have been done in a less obtrusive way.
I travel a lot and have never seen anything like this before - massive, huge underground churches carved out of solid rock. Warning: there is a lot of walking and climbing on uneven and slippery surfaces required, with NO provisions for the elderly, anyone with walking trouble, anyone suffering dizziness from the altitude and not for small children or babies... More
In addition to the amazing churches of Lalibela which were carved out of stone in the 12th century, the surrounding countryside is truly amazing. The elevation of Lalibala is high (around 8,000 feet) but the mountains surrounding soar high into the blue, blue sky. There are plenty of hiking trails, or do as I did take a mule. Even with... More
Lalibela 13 churches is something very special and unique! Each of them sculpted in one piece of rock! The small city/village itself located up in the mountains and its spiritual environment makes you fell like in an "Indiana Jones movie", but it is even better and real. Locals are very friendly and you have the chance to get in most... More
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