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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Description: A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive...
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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Couldn't help but to compare to Petra!

I spent a good chunk of time in the Lalibela churches (and in Tigray too) being pleasantly reminded of Petra in Jordan. I couldn't help wondering whether the Nabateans had somehow... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I spent a good chunk of time in the Lalibela churches (and in Tigray too) being pleasantly reminded of Petra in Jordan. I couldn't help wondering whether the Nabateans had somehow passed on their Rick-carving techniques 800 years down the line. Rock cut monuments are always pressure and Lalibela's churches are no exception. But if you liked them, then visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The churches are unique and worth visiting at different times of day to see their significance in the lives of the Orthodox Christians. The UNESCO covers are clunky and spoil them in my opinion. The entrance fee is VERY overpriced, the charge has increased ten fold since 2008, another example of the government attitude that foreigners will pay any inflated... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We had several wonderful tours of the churches in small groups over two days with a friendly, knowledgeable guide, Tesfaw, arranged for us by Highland Eco Trekking. Very much worth the reasonable price.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a wonderful experience. We had a great guide who showed us around in record time. Would definitely go again. Lives up to its name 8th wonder of the world and despite all the preservation efforts that have been put in place by UNESCO are great. The feats of engineering and the communion you feel when you go are sensational.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

this is a place where were faith mate strength and knowledge! or like walking in a phantasy of world.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

One cannot fault how incredible an achievement it was to build these churches and if anyone happens to be in Ethiopia with a couple of days, it is certainly a must-do attraction. That said, like many other attractions in Ethiopia, this site is badly marred by the Ethiopian Government's handling of it. First off, the entry fee is very steep--$50.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

LAlibela is all about churches, and knowing their history and meaning is very important, as well as the difference between the Ethiopian Church, the Coptic Church, and the Catholic and Eastern Rite Churches is important. But try to go the church on Sunday morning, and see the ancient world of religion come alive. Bring a good lens, and learn how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

These are truly extraordinary churches hewn out of solid basalt. They are located in two distinct clusters. They absolutely deserve to be UNESCO world heritage sites which they are. Many have fine internal decoration.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I totally agree with the guide book, if the churches were in a more developed country they would be as well known as the pyramids or the taj. It was lovely to walk round the churches and seeing that they are still being used for their intended purpose. I would recommend a guide as it is a bit of a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

One of the few things I found of interest in Ethiopia. Divided into 2 sections and worth doing both- amazing feats of stonework as cut out of stone. Difficult in places to enter and exit and walking boots needed. Go with a guide and then you will avoid any hassle.. you also get a "shoe manager" who takes care of... More 

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