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Churches of Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Lalibela
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Situated in the highlands of northwestern Ethiopia at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in the Lasta Mountains is perhaps the most spectacular... more »
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

The stone churches did not disappoint - amazing feats of human achievement. Mobility difficulties (knees!) meant that I found some sites difficult, but certainly managed to see sufficient to fulfil a long held hope to see these churches. A local guide is a must - otherwise much of the importance of the sites eludes you.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

The churches were awe inspiring and my experience was beyond fantastic. Many thanks go to my guide Jimmy Mega. I cannot speak highly enough of his tour. His knowledge of the churches was incredible and connection to the community was fantastic. I was even blessed with the original Lalibela Cross. He lead us in after the service and asked the... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

I was several times in Ethiopia and - apart from Danakil - I can say I have seen it all. But Lalibela especially around Easter is just it. So let me tell you, if you visit this country don't miss Lalibela.

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Dhahran
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Very interesting to tour all of the stone churches. $50 US to tour all of the churches. Ticket valid for several days. However each 'custodian' of each church wanted a tip, along with a tip if you took a picture and also a tip if the 'shoe' man was there rearranging your shoes which you have left outside. Must remove... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The churches are a must visit. Some are simple, others richly decorated. The way they are "built" is amazing. The guides provide a lot (sometimes to much) information. Their English is very good.

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Uppsala, Sweden
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Eleven churches, manually chiselled out of solid rock many centuries ago, now that's definitely worth seeing! My parents, my brother and I spent an afternoon here in late September, and we were excellently taken care of by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, Mulugeta. He was of priestly family and evidently knew a lot about the history of Lalibela as a whole,... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Lalibela rates alongside Petra, Angkor Wat, Machu Piccu and all the better know world sites with that 'wow factor'. No trip to Ethiopia would be complete without a visit to St George's church.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The one attraction of Ethiopia. A place full of mysteries and History. Take a guide to enjoy a cheerful visit and avoid the crowd.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you're thinking about visiting Ethiopia, then you're thinking about visiting the churches of Lalibela. They are at the very top of the must see list in Ethiopia. If you're on the fence about visiting Ethiopia, I can tell you that, even as an experienced traveler, it is a challenging country to visit. The payoff, however, is well worth the... More

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Israel
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The carved churches are unique in the world. It is nice that the churches are still active and the place is not a "dead" museum

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