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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, Cultural
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

its just amazing! i have no words for this holly place! ofcourse the fee for the churches is expensive its 50$ but i am Glad i visited Lalibela churches in my life. the roads are difficult and dusty for old people. Maribela hotel is a nice place to stay in Lalibela

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

From the frescos of white-faced kings to the smoke rising from bakeries called Bethlehem, these churches tell a story of Christians that most of us know nothing about - and a history as deep and rich as the rock tunnels that lead to the church.

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Morrison
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I agree with all of the comments regarding that yes, they are "just" churches carved out of rock, but to truly appreciate the churches, you must understand that they are "active churches". Do go late in the day your first day to see the churches without all the tourists and see the soft light. Then go early in the morning... More

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Vilnius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

It is the most important place to visit, if you come to Lalibela. Very interesting churches. It will take you full day to see everything arround. Don't forget to take your shoes of before entering every single church. White dressed monks, shoes attendants (takes care of your shoes, while you're in a churche), children selling souvenirs. God atmosphere.

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Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice collection of churches but I don't think of it as a must-see when visiting Ethiopia. It's a touristy town, which is quickly expanding. There's nothing much to do except for visiting the churches. The ticket price of USD 50 is a pure rip-off, considering it doesn't include a guide or anything (guides expect another USD 30 for visiting both... More

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I lOVED the churches! It js simply amazing. It costs 50$ US for a 5-day pass, but it is worth the price. It took me 2 days to visit the sites. The first day I hired a tourguide (400birrs for the day.. I think some of them ask for 350 birrs), and I would highly recommend it. The second day,... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Yes, the tickets are now very expensive... but totally worth it. Get a guide and follow him through the tunnels, caves and of course churches. Bring a nice camera, lots of great opportunities for photos.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are in Ethiopia, it is worth it if you can make a visit to Lalibela. If you can hire a guide, it is a benefit. They will show you the way to the various locations and they will help negotiate the shoe watchers. In each church you must remove your shoes and men outside watch them. It is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Built by the King in 1102, wrap your head around that. If you fly to Ethiopia with Air Ethiopia, keep the complimentary socks. Wear them over your socks, when you remove your shoes to enter the Churches. Throw away the airline socks when you've finished visiting both clusters of Churches. The ragged, old carpet in the churches are home to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The tickets to get in were a bit expensive at $50, especially when taking into account they were only $5 a few years ago but the churches are still a must do. There are 13 churches in all that cover two large sites. The concrete covers over many of them are a bit of an eye sore but its understandable... More

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