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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +251913066990
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A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11...

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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It is difficult to describe how astounding these sites are. The 11 churches are completely unique, carved from the solid, volcanic mountain-side during the 12th century AD. Each... read more

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It is difficult to describe how astounding these sites are. The 11 churches are completely unique, carved from the solid, volcanic mountain-side during the 12th century AD. Each church is very distinctive and different in design and composition, most are extremely well preserved. HaileMariam was our guide, he is attached to the Lal Hotel. Haile was charming and very knowledgeable.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall our trip to Ethiopia did not meet my expectations, but Lalibela was certainly the highpoint of the trip. These many rock-hewn churches are amazing. Having a guide certainly enhances the experience - ours explained the significance of the various carvings, etc. Wear sturdy walking shoes - flip flops not advised. The walking is a bit difficult if you have... More 

Thank TigerFord7571
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

These serie of churches are making you wonder. That feeling stays with you all the time when walking from one church to the other one. Most impressive one is Church of Sint George.

Thank FrancisMM
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Churches are amazing. If your not religious or a history buff and just want to enjoy the churches like me, there is not really any use for a guide. Everyone in the tourism industry in lalibela will tell you that you need a guide. The guides are really aggressive and will really tell you that you need their services and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its difficult from where I should start. We drove to lalibela through debrebirhan with a stop at Ankober's -reconstructed Palace, a stunning view to the lowlands all the way and back on the road that passes through the rolling hills around debresina then a dramatic downhill to the rift valley areas of Shoa Robit, Kemisse and making our overnight stay... More 

Thank Yayeyaye Y
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

what makes these churches cool (to me) was not the religious significance (although if you are religious that would certainly be a draw) but instead the fact that they are still used today-- a very real and raw experience.

Thank Ellen H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Prepare to spend a whole day admiring what the acomplishments of the civilization in 12th century. Prepare to take your shoes off frequently, to pay 50 USD entrance fee (guide fee is additional 500 ETB), and also to take a lot of pictures (even the local priests do not mind if you take a picture or two of them). It... More 

Thank Petr P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This complex of churches - some monolithic, some carved into the rock - is an awe-inspiring site. The churches, although not in size, rank right up with the pyramids, the Great Wall, the temples of Angkor Wat in architectural design and beauty. The structures are often simple with clean lines but filled with symbolism which reflects the devout nature of... More 

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Woodstock, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What every one says, A world wonder all built be hand in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is amazing they never got destroyed and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are 2 major groupings of churches in Lalibela that are fairly close to each other. The church are amazing as they were carved down into the rock; each has it's own drainage system and access. The style of excavation is unique to Ethiopia.

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