Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela

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A pilgrim destination and World Heritage Site, Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela lie deep in the mountains at the heart of Ethiopia. Located in one of the country's holiest cities, the 11 monolithic Ethiopian Orthodox churches are believed to have been hand-carved out of rock between the 12th and 14th centuries, resembling Jerusalem in their layout. Two groups of churches cluster between the River Jordan, interlinked by drainage systems and ceremonial passages for visitors to explore. Put Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lalibela attractions planning site .
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  • Very interesting. Unique and particular architecture. During my visit I met a day of religious festivities and it was an incredible experience
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  • Worth it! Incredible structures dug out of rock. Unlike any other churches we have yet to see in our travels.  more »
  • Noone can prepare you for theses churches. We visited all the churches, shoes off and talked with the priests in them. We learned about the services and the choir during the services. We were fortunat...  more »
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