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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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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Karatu, Tanzania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

All 11 churches were really really amazing! We only had a morning here and our guide was able to show us all 11 churches in that time- and it did feel like it was enough time (if you're short on time). It would have been fun to spend a day or so wandering around on our own, and because the... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The first European to see these churches was the Portuguese explorer Pêro da Covilhã (1460–1526). Portuguese.. Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. Unlike Aksum, the population of Lalibela is... More

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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Going to Lalibela - travelling independantly? Try to contact Alebachew Wale. He was our guide a couple of years ago, and he did a great job. He knows everyone, can get you in anywhere, and is a very nice person with a great sense of humour. If the trek to the mountain monastries is too much he rents a mule... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a place where I recommend you hire a guide. At least with the first set of churches, it's really helpful. The cost to enter was US$50 per person, which gives you a handwritten receipt good for four days. Do not lose this receipt. The many workers inside the complex are forever checking your ticket. Be warned that the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Great day out but wear shoes that don't need to be laced up as you must take them off for all of the churches. Also spray deet or anti bug spray onto your socks to help ward off the bugs. We felt a bit like Indiana Jones when climbing through the caves and passages. Some steep steps and a lot... More

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited Lalibela with our 12 year old twins just after Easter. Lalibela itself is like a medieval town; very primitive. No hassles from locals except for some inventive children who were very good at English. The churches were breathtaking, and the children were fully engaged with them. They are truly astonishing in themselves; an incredible feat of construction, and... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We saw the Lalibela churches first with an excellent guide and then spent some time at the churches on our own, which was an ideal way to get know this amazing place. The guide opened our eyes to see many details and told us about the history and different religious and archaeological interpretations and meanings. We came on our own... More

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Aberdeen, UK
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88 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Amazing churches. Visit on a Sunday morning and you will realise how important these churches are to the Ethiopian people as crowds gather for prayer adding to the experience. Unlike other sites you may visit these churches are very much still in use and are really worth a visit. Each is unique. All churches within close walking distance linked by... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

They are very impressive and amazing, but a guide is almost a must as there is so much to know about the churches, there is however the problem of every priest asking for money for you to see the cross which is apparently 1000 years old in every single church: which is not worth it, but be prepared with a... More

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