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this rock hewn church is really amazing. we stayed two days and wished we had more time their all... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
leahpaul1919
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Dublin, Ireland
Must see in Ethiopia!

Like a previous reviewer said - these aren’t crumbling ruins, these churches have been in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ColHol
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London, United Kingdom
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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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Lalibela 1260, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

this rock hewn church is really amazing. we stayed two days and wished we had more time their all the eleven church is unbelievable and you can also visit out side the town some beautiful monasteries. we have been to Yemirhane Chirstos monastery in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like a previous reviewer said - these aren’t crumbling ruins, these churches have been in continuous use since their creation, and visiting them is a humbling, beautiful experience. Some large and cathedral-like, some like hidden caves. All with an interesting history and purpose. The fact...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

These are not ruins or some piece of history frozen in time. These churches are still used for praise and worship today. It was a privilege to visit these sites which left me with lifelong memories.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Lalibela as a solo traveller a taxi the end of June 2018. The town itself is small however compared to other towns in Ethiopia is fairly well set up for tourists with some good restaurants etc- although more expensive than elsewhere. The rock...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Lalibela with my family in July. The city itself is quite lousy, but the churches are impressive, even if a little difficult to see around if you have some impairment. Some places we felt like cave-explorers!!!! And seeing St. George´s church from above...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The churches are amazing! They gave me goosebumps. We had a guide who was just great! His name is Sisiay and is a local guide. He really knew the history and all the secrets tunnels and entrances. He was super friendly and gave us a...More

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

The Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are awesome to look at via picture, but to see these up close, I got goosebumps. I've been to Petra, which I think is incredible, but I think these are underated. To carve these out of rock from the...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Can’t Deccribe the beauty and awe of stone churches. Probably whole day to visit all 12. If you are there on Saturday split day by going to market. You absolutely must arrange tour guide in advance if yo7 want to understand history and appreciate what...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

My daughter and i visited the underground and cave churches of Lalibela. We were mesmerised, almost like going back to ancient times. Lalibela’s altitude is more than 2000m above sea level so be prepared to acclimatise if you have problems with high altitudes. We had...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

This is obviously a must see attraction and it really does live I up to expectations. I would recommend splitting the churches into two groups offer two days

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Marc S
9 January 2018|
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Response from SteveMXP | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marc - we paid about $200 return for air tickets from Addis to Lalibela and would recommend that you stay a few days there as it is lovely - we only stayed one night and wished we had stayed more nights. Marilyn is... More
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2 December 2017|
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I’m coming today May 24th Alex if you are available come get me at the airport I’m landing at 10:20 am flight 122 my name is Fernando
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29 November 2017|
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Response from Beyene A | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, Yes of course you can enter in the church you mentioned on Sundays since this is a day on which church service is going on the whole night starting the eve. Around 05:00am, the mass service will start and continues... More
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