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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251913066990
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Description: A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive...
A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King Lalibela out of red volcanic rock.
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It's what you come here for

And you won't be disappointed. Worth every penny you'll pay for entrance fees ($50 USD) and a guide ($75+ per day). Take some time to find a good one, as that makes a huge... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

And you won't be disappointed. Worth every penny you'll pay for entrance fees ($50 USD) and a guide ($75+ per day). Take some time to find a good one, as that makes a huge difference. I recommend Memekia (memekia12@yahoo.com). Reasonably priced, good English and knows the town, the churches and the cultures so well. Don't forget to stock up on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing architecture that is well preserved in these churches, and they are still being used as churches today. We simply could not visit Ethiopia without seeing these structures created so long ago as a testament to the people and their convictions. What surprised me is that they are not being used as museums, but are still used as religious places... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

These churches, carved straight down into volcanic rock roughly 800 years ago, are breathtaking. The fact that they are still in use makes them all the more atmospheric. I highly recommend getting a knowledgeable guide to show you the churches. These churches merit a full day of exploration. Go there early (around 6am) on a Sunday morning and you just... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a special place as it is ancient but still used as it was meant to be used. We first visited the churches with a guide and then went there on our own. I recommend this! When you have time just to sit and experience the place at your own pace, you'll get the most of it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Other than the fact that these 12 churches hewn out of rock are architectural masterpieces, that all are still used today is amazing. Each has a priest in attendance when we visited. I was in Lalibela in 1971 and although the town has exploded, the churches have not changed except that some of them now have roofs erected over them... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went to LaLibela in November 2012 to see the churches carved below ground in the rock. It is hard to imagine what we saw. Large structures with doorways and rooms had been carved into the rocks centuries ago. Looking across the landscape one can barely tell there is anything there, but there are several structures below grade. We were... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

These churches were such an awe inspiring site to see during your lifetime. Definitely the highlight/must do of any trip to Ethiopia! Warning - although it is beautiful and well worth it.... be prepared to be a complete tourist target and always asked for more money. Whether it is tour guides asking for more money, taxis/lunches not included in tours,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

There are 12 churches which is called the Churches of Lalibela. They are divided into three groups and they are all near each other, some even are connected with underground tunnel. Each church has its themes. You need to remove your shoes when entering these churches. Photos are ok but no flashes. It took us one full day all 12... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Walking through the village you will see the mountainous landscape of the region of Lasta, where the peasants labour to cultivate their patches of stony fields with the traditional hook-plough. Strolling across a gently undulating meadow, you will suddenly discover in a pit below you a mighty rock - carefully chiseled and shaped -the first rock church. None of these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The churches at Lalibela cannot fail to amaze - carved out of solid rock and seeming to appear out of nowhere. The pathways and tunnels that connect the churches are an experience in themselves. Please remember that Lalibela is not a tourist destination but a living and active centre of the Orthodox faith and an extraordinarily special place.

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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251913066990
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Amhara Region  >  Lalibela

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