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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
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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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An amazing experience

This churches under the ground are very beautiful and worth the visit. Incredible way of construction. Are active still today.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
AntonioFonseca
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This churches under the ground are very beautiful and worth the visit. Incredible way of construction. Are active still today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was amazing. We visited during a holiday and many of the priests/ leaders of the religion were performing a ceremony and chanting. Their voices echoes throughout the churches and created a beautiful ambience for us passing through. The best part was the man that would collect our shoes as we entered one of the churches, and then he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Please don't hurry when visiting these churches! Take two days to see everything with the calm this unique site deserves. It is one of the most impressive places I have ever visited. When visiting, remember this a worship place and it is very important to respect the local culture and religion. You will have to take your shoes off at... More 

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Thank Kekina72
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

St. George (pictured) is definitely the highlight but in general the idea of carving out these churches is quite impressive and worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating to travel through the channels and tunnels around the huge site and discover how to get to the levels below the ground surface. Very moving and special place. So many very special places and people around Ethiopia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tunnel of doom for me was the most defining moment-utter and complete darkness that give a feeling of what Hell would be like on Dooms Day! However, facing the Monestry on the hill top during my yoga sessions was a breath taking experience that I would recommend to all Yoga Lover's especially if you want to connect to your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Carved out of one piece of rock in the 1100's and still used, exploring these11 ancient churches is a must!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in April with a guide organised by a friend of a friend in Ethiopia. This place is stunningly amazing and I expect if it were in a more developed country, would be swarming with tourists. Yet the fact that it isn't, is part of its charm. Fantastic history, religious significance and the way the Churches have been carved so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Scattered around Lalibela twelve churches in the rocks. The museum at the ticket office is not special, although the items are very old and not so well preserved. At can be very crowded with locals when there is a service. When you want to visit all churches take a local tuck-tuck driver and bargain a nice price for the day.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Astonishing testament to 'man's endeavour' to create a spiritual and cultural hub. Is quite pricey to enter, and definitely book a guide to endure you get a really good explanation of the history and ceremonies going on around you. We visited out of season so very few people - will get very busy at key festivals.

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