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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
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The churches are a must visit. Some are simple, others richly decorated. The way they are "built" is amazing. The guides provide a lot (sometimes to much) information. Their English is very good.

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Uppsala, Sweden
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Eleven churches, manually chiselled out of solid rock many centuries ago, now that's definitely worth seeing! My parents, my brother and I spent an afternoon here in late September, and we were excellently taken care of by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, Mulugeta. He was of priestly family and evidently knew a lot about the history of Lalibela as a whole,... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Lalibela rates alongside Petra, Angkor Wat, Machu Piccu and all the better know world sites with that 'wow factor'. No trip to Ethiopia would be complete without a visit to St George's church.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The one attraction of Ethiopia. A place full of mysteries and History. Take a guide to enjoy a cheerful visit and avoid the crowd.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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182 reviews 182 reviews
19 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you're thinking about visiting Ethiopia, then you're thinking about visiting the churches of Lalibela. They are at the very top of the must see list in Ethiopia. If you're on the fence about visiting Ethiopia, I can tell you that, even as an experienced traveler, it is a challenging country to visit. The payoff, however, is well worth the... More

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Israel
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The carved churches are unique in the world. It is nice that the churches are still active and the place is not a "dead" museum

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The entrance cost is far too expensive. The churches are unique and really worth to visit. A day visit is the minimum. If you stay a couple of days you can see more outside Lalibela but you need to get organised. Again yo may find the cost ot the tour expensive.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It's really breathtaking, you can at the same time feel the unique piece of work each of the churches is, but also appreciate the whole as one as they are all connected underground. and church after church, you realize the learning curve and new knowledge, from a "basic" 'house' in the rock, to a detailed Church with detailed architecture and... More

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Buriton
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17 reviews 17 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The churches of Lalibela really live up to the hype and the view from the town are simply stunning. We visited in early September we had the wondrous to ourselves. What really made the experience great was our guide, Mekashaw Temesgen who managed our short time at the churches extremely well and was extremely knowledgeable. He is a deacon from... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A truly amazing collection of wonders. Try to arrange more than one day to see everything. The $50 per person is far too much compared to other world heritage sites and it excludes visitors from poorer countries. The extra we paid for the guide was well worth it, this young man knew a great deal and answered our questions with... More

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