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Churches of Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Lalibela
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

FANTASTIC AND EXCELENT GUIDE IN AN INTERSTING HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PLACE LALIBELA!!! Weeks ago I have visited the wonderful place of Lalibela (Ethiopia) and the surroundings area with my 2 friends for about 3 days, and a special person we met along the way Zewdu Melak, who was our great tour guide for those 3 days. During our trip we... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Since there is not have histrical culture, I don't like traveling Africa except for north Africa. Furthermore, there is much infection in Africa. However, there is historical Christianity culture in Ethiopia, and since it is located in high ground, there is no infection. Moreover, Ethiopia has many historical tourist resorts, and the support system to the traveler is also ready.

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

I went to Ethiopia (from December 2013 to March 2014) and met a young Tour Guide who is from the city of Lalibela. He can help you with all of Ethiopia but I would say Lalibela is what he specializes in, though he lives in Addis Abeba so he can meet with you there as well. He has a great... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

When you get to Ethiopia a trip to Lalibela and Axum to see the Monolithic churches is a great experience. We had a guide named Gashaw Melesse (Gashaw15@yahoo.com) who did a great job of showing us all the sights and sharing the history of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The churches of Lalibela are a must see tourist attraction. The entry fee of $50 UDS per person was unreasonable but the experience was excellent. We highly recommend Sofi as a very knowledgeable guide for the churches (Hiletework@yahoo.com Phone +251912014360).

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Istanbul
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The churches were amazing. Carved into rocks 900 years ago - like Petra in Jordan but some were totally monolithic instead of a single façade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Seeing the churches of Lalibela was a dream of mine- and they did not disappoint! We were there during their Christmas season (early January) which added another dimension to our visit. It was very moving to see the devotion of people making the pilgrimage to these churches as an act of faith. The churches themselves are simultaneously humble and grand..truly... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The churches are truly amazing feats of dedication by the Ethiopian people. You can see the photos but until you stand by them and see the scale you can't really appreciate them. Hire an official guide and after 2 days your head will hurt with the amount of information. I can't comment on the price as mine was pre-paid but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It is as though you get in a time machine and go back 1,000 years. It is the most incredible place to visit and is truly one of the wonders of the world. Went with my 6 year old and she loved it. You you have the chance to go you will be truly amazed.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

In Lalibela, we hired an official guide who was excellent, he gave us lots of details about the churches, history and biblical reference, always differentiating the legend from the scientific belief. His name is Zenebe Minale, 0913420383, zenebe28@yahoo.com We highly recommend him.

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