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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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Must Visit these amazing rock-hewn Churches

Do not come to Ethiopia without seeing Lalileba. Similar to Petra in Jordan, these churches are hewn out of rock from above to below. Check with your guide the best time to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I’m not sure about the price per se, because we were on a NatGeo tour, but I found these churches -- although interesting -- so very over rated. Yes, they were hewn from rock, but that is all you see. And there are other spectacular places that are rock hewn across the world that are better maintained. I found these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Do not come to Ethiopia without seeing Lalileba. Similar to Petra in Jordan, these churches are hewn out of rock from above to below. Check with your guide the best time to go, and which order to see the Churches, as sometimes there are many groups of tourists and this can be annoying. Very important to get a knowledgeable local... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I visited Lalibela for the fifth time...but for the first time during Eastern (Fasika). There are more tourists than usual but it still reasonable and not overcrowded. The Eastern period is in my opinion interesting as there is more religious activity in and around the churches: pelgrims, praying and reading priests and deacons and so on. Besides Saturday evening and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

There are 11 of these churches carved out of rock. They are amazing to see in person, and difficult to describe in words. In some respects, they are more impressive than the carve buildings in Petra. What is unique is that these churches built in the 14th century are still used to this day, on a daily basis, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Amazing churches carved in rock by commands of King Lalibela 800 years ago, many of them with different shapes and sized, actually few of them still having original paints. Glad to see than UNESCO and European Union are giving founds to protect them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If you are COMING to Ethiopia .. This ranks up there with the must dos. Great place . Yes the Indians and Chinese are developing roads all over. See it now. Still affordable places to stay and GREAT LOCAL spots to eat. Since these places continually change .. Just look for local haunts. I am not a person who looks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Visiting incredible place 11 churches inside the rocks. Incredible work. King Lalibela monument for the world.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

So much has been written about this unique archeologycal and religious site that I'll write about the incredibily ugly works built by the intetnational organization which should protect artistic and natural wonders of our planet. The rock hewn churches of Lalibela needed protection from water inflitrations, so light covering structures have been built over some of it. This light covers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The church roofs are level with the ground -built DOWNWARDS so invading armies could not see them? A truly magnificent set of UNESCO buildings which are used daily as places of worship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Just amazing that someone looked at a bunch of big rocks and said that it looked like a wanna be church....and then built it. Unlike anything we have ever seen.

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