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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, Cultural
Owner description: A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Hickory, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

A bit pricey but the ticket is good for three days. If you time your trip right you get to experience the churches on a Sunday which is a real treat. Getting to see people at prayer is always a treat. It is amazing to see the many different ways people across the world worship. A good guide can make... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Yes. The churches are magnificent. But they pale in comparison to other major international sights, such as Angkor Wat or Petra. At 50US, the churches in Lalibella are more expensive than Angkor, and the latter is many times better. It makes little sense to try to see the churches without a guide, so that leaves you another 4-500birr lighter. All... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Me and my girlfriend just came back from our trip through Ethiopia. We also visited the churches of Lalibela. We are not religious people but it was very cool to see the rock hewn churches and learn about the history and meaning behind it. Our guide Leulseged was very helpful in the sense that he was very knowledgeable about the... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Probably one of my favorite places in the world. The churches of Lalibela and their history will take your breath away. Absolutely amazing structures, beautiful tradition, and incredible history, you will be blown away by the atmosphere surrounding these relics.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The churches and walkways are full of history. The priests are part of the experience. The UNESCO coverings are a little tacky. I think they could have been constructed a little less obtrusively. The roofs are not the issue, it's the large metal stands holding the roof up. Even with that I wouldn't want to miss it.

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Hi. The visit in the rock churches in Lalibela is quite expensive, that's true, but touring there without knowing the stories / know where to go threw the many underground tunnels can definitely impair the experience. Therefore I highly recommend to find a few people and share a local guide (it worth the price, promise). We were 4 people, and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Churches of Lalibela is definitely a must do while traveling in Ethiopia. One word best describes my experience AMAZING!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is such an amazing place - it's beautiful, historic and really incredible. I usually like doing things solo but this is a place where a guide can really make it better - you won't miss out on any of the churches, the secret passage ways, the history and the details. I really recommend Mario - he's very professional, friendly... More 

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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

really must see these amazing churches. it is pricey to buy ticket at £30 but the site needs preserving as so unique, so go...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you can afford a car, the scenery on the drive to Lalibela from Addis Ababa is breathtaking from when you leave to the moment you arrive. Cost I spent 5 days in Lalibela itself, which is a small town but with a lot to see in (and around) it. OK, $50 dollars is expensive relative to EThiopia, but this... More 

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