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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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Very interesting and impressive

Because came in march there were virtually no other tourist. The only people that were there were the locals who were praying and chanting. The churges itself are very impressive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Because came in march there were virtually no other tourist. The only people that were there were the locals who were praying and chanting. The churges itself are very impressive, and you're allowed to walk around freely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a fascinating area with 11 main Ethiopian Orthodox Christian churches, carved by hand by local people 800 years ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the whole lalibela valley was so surreal...was it created by the assistance of angels??? an amazing example of ancient architecture that still boggles the mind.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These churches are interesting for the architectural aspect and the historic-cultural side as well. Nevertheless, you can see the 11 churches in one morning or one day and at 50 USD per person for the 5 days ticket is a bit too much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These churches are simply amazing. Each one is different inside and out and some have some stunning carvings inside. The price is steep but it is worth it. There are tunnels connecting some of the churches and I recommend going through them in the dark to experience what it was really like. For me I found these better than Petra!... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For Ethiopia, these churches are very well preserved - although expensive! A 4-day pass will cost USD 50, Ethiopians enter free of charge. We thought one day was sufficient, there's only so many churches you can see...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing place! One of the World Wanders. It is a petty people do not know about such places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I agree with all that Jackie H says below. I'm not religious but these churches are very moving and inspire a sense of awe. You have to keep reminding yourself when you see the pillars and the arches, and domed ceilings, that they've not been built from the bottom up, but are monolithic, semi monolithic and cave churches carved out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was certainly impressed by the fact that the churches had been carved out from stone. Quite a feat ! However they were not as impressive in real life as the photos that you see. The covers to protect the churches have been badly designed though and take away from the scene and certainly don't help the photos.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have ever read the Holy Bible and if you want to see in real, this is a place to visit. Apart of Timkat, the days before Orthodox Christmas (7th January) are also one of the best time to visit. A lot of pilgramers, but not so overcrowded as during Timkat. The experience and impressions after all churches are... More 

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