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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...more
Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must confess to thinking 'Oh God, not another church' when I embarked on the 1hr 15min drive out of Lalibela town to visit Yemrehanna Kristos at the suggestion of the guide I'd just finished a tour with. I had been thinking I'd be an atheist...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Kerryn72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is worth the fairly long trip out to see it. The road is pretty good for most of the way and there is very interesting scenery. It is unfortunate that they have put such an ugly fence in front of the buildings, but once...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 925peterm925
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church you should not miss on your trip to Lalibela. The history, the burial sites and the mummies are all apart of this church. We were amazed and very happy at the lack of tourist. The hike to the cave was a challenge. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lakeMIbeachbum
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

approx 1.5 hours out of Lalibela in the opposite direction to the airport is this church built in a cave...half way up a mountain. i was so lucky that my guide (Muluye (www.zagolethiopiatourscom) was able to not only talk through the location but also the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kingdomDublin
Reviewed 11 December 2018

A very special visit with oodles of religious history, and approached through typical rolling countryside. Small parking area in hill village for walk up to the cave.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

To get to this church You need to climb up the mountains but there is good stairs. Be prepared for a hike. The entrance is partly under a water fall. The church is build inside a cave and behind there is a huge stock of...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank kemmax
Reviewed 1 November 2018

It is a beautiful place very different from all the other churches in the area. Driving time was only 1 hour. If you are in the area on October 29 (and not October 10 as mistakenly mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide) - make sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 70ava
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This was, by far, the most moving space in all of Lalibela. You could sense it has been a sacred ground for a long, long time. Honestly one of the highlights of the entire tour of the country.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank CarriiG
Reviewed 29 October 2018

A nice walk up to a spectacular and uncommon church. Well worth the trek and the long road. Don't miss it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Metravellingagain
Reviewed 10 October 2018

While this site is 1.5 hours away from Lalibela, the drive is absolutely gorgeous. The site itself is exceptional, located in a natural cave, and ornate carved and painted ceilings in the interior. For a small tip my guide arranged for me to see a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank JourneysFromSeattle
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