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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
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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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Most interesting churches.

A must to visit if you are in Ethiopia. These churches are different from all the churches I saw so far.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Lewes, Delaware
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Lewes, Delaware
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128 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A must to visit if you are in Ethiopia. These churches are different from all the churches I saw so far.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lalibela is a world heritage site and rightly deserves the designation. The churches, which you really need to see with a guide (who wasn't that expensive.) The city is worth a visit too, but the churches are amazing. And if you show respect to the priests, they will bless you. Unique feeling. Or massage with a roller, from Abraham, or... More 

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Thank Sullivanscoffee
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Its amazing how these things have been preserved over the years. something to wonder is how they carved all that in the walls so many years ago, church of st george its crazy how they bug up so much

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Thank Shreyash P
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I do not claim I am a great traveler, but this surpasses whatever I have seen before Imagine of an architectural interpretation of the Bible Unbelievably imaginative and gripping It is like the king has composed of a beautiful music architecturally The land scape around is breathtaking and the hotels and food is reasonably good I dare you to visit... More 

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Thank Mekonnen B
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

the churches are amazing, absolutely beautiful and no where else, our guide Derebe Tadese who was excellent. Who arrange our visit Inside Ethiopia Tours was well organized. We enjoyed our stay with Inside Ethiopia Tours and our guide Derebe. Hans

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time at Lalibela and all I have to say is wow. Seeing the underground churches was amazing and learning the history from one of the guides was a great experience. Although st. George (the one shaped like a cross) is the church that most people, including myself know about. There are other underground churches in various... More 

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Thank Fikrea T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The complex of churches of Lalibela is among st the first sites (1978) to be recognized as a World Heritage site by Unesco . If it would have been outside of Africa , it would certainly have been in the list of finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World . Unfortunately , tourism is in the development stage... More 

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Thank belleretraite
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited Lalibela as part of an Ethiopian Christmas tour. Ethiopia is a country with tremendous tourist potential, having great cultural and natural resources, but tourism is I its infancy there so it isn't an easy ride. For anyone thinking of making the trip, which is well worthwhile, I would most wholeheartedly recommend the services of the tour company... More 

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Thank Christina E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our tour of the Churches. We arrived early that morning. After we had settled into our hotel the Red Rock Hotel, we set off to the Churches. We saw six of the eleven evening taking a trip through 'Hell' (ask a guide to take you).

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Thank Rossscalise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They are amazing! But the guide, although passionate, begins to say the same things. Enjoyed being there for sunrise mass on sun to see the churches in action without other tourists. Don't feel bad if you wear out after 2 hours of churches. * tip - carry your own shoes and spare yourself the $7!!! Recommended tip for the shoe... More 

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