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Churches of Lalibela

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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
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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Deservedly a world heritage site

These are truly extraordinary churches hewn out of solid basalt. They are located in two distinct clusters. They absolutely deserve to be UNESCO world heritage sites which they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

These are truly extraordinary churches hewn out of solid basalt. They are located in two distinct clusters. They absolutely deserve to be UNESCO world heritage sites which they are. Many have fine internal decoration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

One of the few things I found of interest in Ethiopia. Divided into 2 sections and worth doing both- amazing feats of stonework as cut out of stone. Difficult in places to enter and exit and walking boots needed. Go with a guide and then you will avoid any hassle.. you also get a "shoe manager" who takes care of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

What can one say about the removal of a huge sandstone cliff to create unique Christian Churches out of solid stone with, inside, craving and paintings hundreds of years old. And, the "Tomb of Adam"" !! Well, maybe !! We spent hours there -- have to be fairly physically OK -- and while I photographed the $50-fee, it was included... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

the churches are one of a kind and a must see if you are in Ethiopia. Ive never seen anything like it BUT the prices they charge as an entry fee are ridicoulous: 50 dollars per person plus the guide fees are a total rip off!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the highlights of my three weeks in Ethiopia! Well worth the effort necessary to climb down and visit the churches.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

50 dollars to see and go through the 11 rock hewn churches is an ok deal. Got to visit all sites with no guide and it was gratifying.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Amazing!! Everyone should experience Lalibela and her beautiful churches. This was one of the biggest highlights of my time in Ethiopia!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The 11 rock-hewn churches around Lalibela are virtually unique and well deserving of the fame and worldwide reputation. We toured the 11 churches with a guide all in one day, but felt that was too much and we should have taken two days. We were there over the Orthodox Christmas period, so the town and churches were full of tourists,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The expectations were high, the bus ride from Gonder long, but the churches didn't blow my mind. We were there during the Ethiopian Christmas celebration, so luckily we could get a cheap return bus ticket all the way from Gonder, without having to change in Gashena like you need to do the rest of the year. A bus packed with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are truly remarkable feats of civil engineering, dating back several hundred years. But seventeen of them in one trip may, for some be a little over the top. It could be said that they all have different features making each one unique in its own way. But it was noticeable that the bulk of the... More 

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