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Churches of Lalibela

Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Lalibela
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

40 euros (or 50 dollars) for such a wonderful unique but small tourist attraction is not only too expensive but is also a big offense to all the poor people of Lalibela. The tourist guide (optional) is extra. I also asked where does all these money go and with lot of doubts they answered me that "30% goes to the... More 

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Dominika27
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

1000 Ethiopian Birr entrance is pretty steep, but the trip is worth it. You can have all the churches finished without hurrying in about 6 hours. We took a guide, approx for 450 Birr, which was a good choice. Tip: take socks with you as the nasty carpets in the churches are rumoured to have fleas

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This was main reason I came to Ethiopia and I was not dissappointed and we were there for Christmas which was special. Unbelievable sights and the amount of Ethiopians that ca,p out for that one night and day has to be seen to believe.

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Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Beware, if you are not a Ethiopian National you will be charged 50 USD to see the churches. Many more times more expensive than any other attraction in Ethiopia. And, the amount doesn't come from the tourist bureau, it comes from the church, supposedly. Although they are making a hell of a lot of money from unsuspecting foreigners, you see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

If you are in Lalibela, then you are definitely going to visit these churches, despite the stiff entrance fee. The question is whether Lalibela is a must on your Ethiopia itinerary. This is a pretty little town, and the churches are impressive. It is a great place to visit – a feat of construction built with noble intentions, but I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

These amazing churches unbelievable, you have to see in your own eyes! There were many pictures but only when you saw them you could understand why they are so amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

After a 45 minute flight from Gondar. The mountainous journey transported you to a mesmerising land of an underground maze of historical culture and unbelievable sights of beauty. A marvel not to be missed!! The 8 hour drive back to Gondar was also an experience not to be overlooked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I have been here before but spent so much time in the first two groups that I missed the third. This is why I am here now. I understand $50 (US Dollars) is a steep entrance fee but for me as a researcher and documentarian I made the leep. And it is worth it. But I will qualify this by... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

When I first came to Lalibela several years ago during Easter, the Churches of Lalibela were one of the most unique and special places I'd ever visited. Just wandering around the vast site, getting lost, feeling a sense of wonder and exploration is still a wonderful memory. How strange then that I would suggest if you come to Ethiopia to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Truly a wonder of the world - if this weren't in Ethiopia it would definitely be as famous/important as the pyramids in Cairo. This place is still a living, breathing place of worship despite its 800 years - completely remarkable as well as very beautiful. You can feel the devotion and spirituality in every corner! Definitely worth waking up at... More 

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