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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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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

During May 2014, I made my first trip to Ethiopia. While in Addis Ababa, I met travellers who spoke very highly of their tour guide, in Lalibela, Mr. Hailemariam Wubet. Before arriving in Lalibela, I connected with Hailemariam. I took his services for three days, during which we visited many of the historic churches in Lalibela and surrounding country side.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I toured these churches during Ethiopian Christmas and the combination of the churches themselves and the thousands or pilgrims and clergy was one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen. Our guide, Belaynew Mengesha (+251913315873, guideroha@yahoo.com) came highly recommended by friends and was another highlight of the trip. He made sure we navigated the crowds safely... More

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Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Of course if you are in Lalibela, you are most likely there to visit the Churches. The cost is $50 per person, which gives you a pass for 4 days and all 11 Churches. You will be allowed to visit morning and evening, but check the hours.

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I was in Addis on business and decided to go to Lalibela for the weekend. I went in July during the rainy season so it was "off peak" and not crowded at all. It was really worth the trip. You can go inside the churches and that's somewhat interesting, but the outsides are what is really interesting, especially St. George... More

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