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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I had not known about this place before I came to Addis Ababa. I visited this place during a day trip from the capital and it was nice. There is a dedicated tour guide to show you the church in stone and other items from their history. Seperate entrances for men and women.
Written November 20, 2022
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Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Business
Adadi Mariam Rock Church is an place to take a day trip on Sundays from Addis Ababa to. Sundays and Thursdays are the best days for this excursion because there is an interesting local market on these days held only twice a week. The market is very authentic and helpful to understand the local Ethiopian culture
Written December 1, 2023
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Sharon H
Seattle, United States58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
Adadi Mariam rock hewn church is one of three sites on a short tour 90km from Addis Ababa. Five of us bought the tour from our hotel, cost $71/person, including a good box lunch. I was going on to Lalibela, to see churches there, and this was a spontaneous add-on and was delighted with the experience. The church is small, used regularly by local people, not a popular tourist site, and very natural looking, as my photos show. An excellent contrast to churches at Lalibela. It is not grandeur, but real, and spiritual. We also stopped at Tiya, a UNESCO site of prehistoric stele. We had coffee with locals at a roadside cafe. An excellent way to spend a day adjusting to jet lag.
Written August 26, 2011
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smackinlay
Bordeaux, France671 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
These rock hewn churches have to be seen to be believed. This one is extrememly overgrown - in fact I didn't realise we were upon it until the guide pointed down and I could see windows and doors carved into the rock! It is still a working church and to think it was carved out when Notre Dame was being built is amazing!
Written October 7, 2012
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Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Business
Adadi Mariam church is a church which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by King Lalibela who carved 11 more beautiful ones in the northern Ethiopia.

Adadi Mariam church is a great site to visit with a day trip from Addis Ababa. It is found 67 km south west of Addis Ababa after you drive 55 km along the Butajira road, take the right turn and drive 12 km more on a dirt road. This church is still functional.

Entrance fee to the church is 100 Birr per person and there is an additional fee of 100 Ethiopian Birr per camera if you are recording video.

Have a nice tour!!
Written March 3, 2017
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DubaiAmanda
Dubai, United Arab Emirates52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
The journey here is fascinating and easy to do in a day for Addis Ababa. I took a driver and he stopped off at all the villages on the way. The villagers are amazingly friendly and I felt I had a real insight into their culture. On the way to the church we passed at least a thousand villagers returning from a funeral along the road and when we arrived at the church there were burial services taking place. I was the only tourist here and it was a very special experience to witness this kind of event. The church is very special the last of the Lalibela churches and infact there is another church on the grounds that was started but never finished. Yes I hear the churches in the North are amazing - but as this was my only opportunity on this trip to see an underground church I didn't want to miss it. I have no comparison to the northern churches so I found this VERY unique and special. The guide there was very knowledgeable and it took around 2.5 hours to get there from Addis Ababa. so if you have time I would definitely recommend it...i have travelled the world extensively (70 + countries)....but this day out to me will be remembered as one of my best travelling experiences.
Written May 21, 2016
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Roz N
Sandbach, UK165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
If you don't have the chance to see the more famous sites this church is well worth a visit, an hour and a half from Addis, this church is still a working church. A service was underway when we visited so this added to the ambience. There are several other historical sites along this road so it makes a worthwhile day trip out of Addis.
Written December 1, 2013
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Chrisbeeoxford
Oxford, UK571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
This was the first rock-hewn church I'd seen: cave churches and crypts yes but never one hewn from rock. There is a 12 km unmade-up side road to enjoy after many km of pot holed tarred road often hazardous because of stray animals, over loaded carts, tuk-tuk, trucks and pedestrians. The un-tarred road takes one right into the heart of the peasant-farming country with its round mud and straw housing. In wet times it is clear that the village of Adadi floods and the road was likely to be blocked. But I was there in December, a dry season month.
An entrance fee is payable. The sign says a photo pass is needed but it seemed to apply to cine cameras only. One walks ahead and sees a cross planted in the grass wondering where the church is. Simple - its beneath the grass. Only on walking closer does one see the moat all round the mound with the cross on it and the steps down into the moat. And only when down does one realise that there is another rock hewn passageway beyond the initial entrance arch. Here shoes should be shed before entering into the common area of the church. Mind your head. The room is cave like and has bench seating round three sides with the fourth having a central wooden doorway closed off. It gives access to the second chamber reserved for priests and then through a curtained archway into the sacred sanctum housing the Ark. Take a walk round the church in the inner passageway to get the true picture of the mining and hewing involved.
History says it was built by St (King) Lalibela in the 12th Century, one of the many he built but with the rest much further north. My personal guide knew more than the local one and the attendant allowed me into the second chamber for a demonstration of the three holy instruments and traditional chanting.
If you have time find the tree with the flock of Purple Glossy Starlings roosting and look around for the other birds.
Written December 27, 2016
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Abera W
Abera W
Washington DC, DC65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
This full day excursion southwest of Addis Ababa gives visitors the chance to visit archeological sites as well as the intact rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam. believed to be constructed the famous king Lalibela.

at Melka Kunture Archaeological site we have a chance to see(nearly 2 million year old) discovered fossils of pre-historic age . the Stone tools in the area dating 1. 5 million years old .
Written August 17, 2015
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Albertgerber
Johannesburg, South Africa760 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Not sure if it is worth the long potholed drive from Addis Abeba. However interesting to see when one eventually gets there. The property is a bit neglected and perhaps depressing. Once needs a guided tour to understand the property. The road going there exposes the traveler to beautiful landscape and the ability to see rural Ethiopia.
Written October 23, 2019
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