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Yemrehanna Kristos

Lalibela, Lalibela, Ethiopia
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The church of Yemrehanna Kristos is one of Ethiopia's best-preserved late Axumite churches, and is named for a twelfth-century Zagwe priest-king and saint. The church is located inside a large natural cavern on a hill in northern Ethiopia, set in a spectacular landscape of juniper trees, predating the famous nearby rock-hewn churches of Lalibela by almost a century.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating church and well worth the 40 minute or hour long scenic ride through villages to get there. Especially if you are a fan of skeletons of which there were tons (pilgrims from Jerusalem up to the 14th century perhaps?). One of the churches in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most impressive church in Lalibela. Unfortunately, the experience altogether is very disappointing. First of all, you have to hire a private vehicle to get there. Entrance costs 15$ for one person. It was four of us, nevertheless, a caretaker didn't agree to...More

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Reviewed January 10, 2018

Unusual for Lalibela this church was built in a large cavern (rather than carved out of rock) but the details of construction are fascinating and well worth the effort to find. Although not to everyone's "taste" don't miss seeing the large number of mummies stacked...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Interesting cave church. The drive from Lalibela and the walk up from the village are equally interesting.

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Reviewed January 5, 2018

It takes 1-2 hours of driving from Lalibela, through beautiful mountains. Then you walk up hill, on carefully crafted stairs, for 10-15 minutes. And face a cave in the mountainside, with a lake in the cave covered by a foundation, on which a 1200AD church...More

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Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

An hour and a half away from Lalibela, the cave church of Yemrehanna Kristof is well worth the detour. Built in the 6th century AD with wood, marble & limestone; it holds together without a single nail. Nice hike up with views of the village....More

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Reviewed December 23, 2017

An amazing walk up the hill to see this hidden in the cave church! Sadly, the church authorities are building a wall at the cave entrance which is blocking the view of the cave from outside. Nonetheless, it is a fascinating church built by the...More

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Reviewed December 7, 2017

Cave church decorated with paintings This is a very beautiful cave church decorated with different old paintings, and there are still small diamonds hanging on the ceiling. Behind the church is found thousands of mummified human body’s, nobody knows who they are and where they...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

Visited here towards end of a really great 3 day trek in surrounding mountains. Only downside was the horrible wall put across entrance to cave to provide security . Cave at back surprising - lots of skeletons of dead pilgrims - macabre but amazing !

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Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

The trip to the monastery in a sort of half car half tuc'tuc was the best part of our visit. The transport (retour) should cost 700-800 birr (October 2017) which can be shared by 3 people (not included the driver). It takes 1.5 hour to...More

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