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Churches of Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 10 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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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The churches of Lalibela are inspiring - not least because they are living places of worship rather than museum pieces. The fact that continue to be places of pilgrimage for orthodox Christians, and the simple dignity shown by the people of Ethiopia, makes them very special places to visit.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I'm happy I got there when the season was off. I had plenty of opportunities to discover the village itself (not only the Churches). The awe of the buildings is beyond what you can imagine - it's just a must-visit while in Ethiopia. http://one-penny-trip.com/africa/the-wonders-of-lalibela/

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had a visit to northern parts of Ethiopia like Axum, Lalibela, Gonder and some other tourist destination areas with a new tour and travel company called KOYTA ETHIOPIA TOUR owned by young Ethiopia man and I and my friends really satisfied with the whole services that he provided us during all our stays in Ethiopia. And I strongly recommended... More

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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Must see the churches here. Each one is unique. We were fortunate to be there while worshippers were coming out and we were able to hear the service from the outside. Amazing construction.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The churches are amazing and are the main reason that tourists come to Lalibela. We came with a tour guide which which was very useful. It would be very hard to do on your own. There are two clusters of churches and then the St. George church which is separate. They are all within walking distance. This would be very... More

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38 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a sequence of churches which are inside the rocks. This is really amazing and you enter this place with a "wow!" inside you. One of the things that somebody has to see in his life.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Amazing history. A must see for anyone coming to Ethiopia. This was my second visit and I was just as blown away.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Do you belive the 11 churches all carved from single rock?? in the 13th century with no sand,cement, mortar....I waas crying when to see the 2 story building of bete -Amanuel,bete merkorios....I read it is the 8th world wonder historical world heritage by UNESCO. Additionally the local guides awaiting us from Hotel facilitated us horse ride to another country side,... More

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Khalkis, Greece
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

After travelling all around Ethiopia, in Lalibela churches we had the worst experience-treatment from the locals. We had heard that its possible to have access in the outside of the churches but during our visit the local guide denied access to the monuments. Both local guides and guards were so rude and pushing us out of the churches. After our... More

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We visited some, but not all, of the churches in both zones. The churches themselves are unlike anything anywhere else. But an equally profound experience was witnessing the devotion displayed by the worshippers and the pilgrim groups. It was an experience of a lifetime. We were beset by hawkers as soon as we left the bus, but our guides got... More

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