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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  • This is one of the chief reasons to visit Lalibela and does not disappoint. Even if you don’t see all the churches, make sure you visit some — most especially St. George which is the iconic photo ofte...  more »
  • St. George's and St. Mary's churches were my favorite of this cluster. St. Mary's has beautiful paintings inside and we were able to participate in a brief service while there. St. George's sitting de...  more »
  • We booked the Guide directly at the ticket office. Zenebe Minale was really good, passionate, interesting, with a great ability to tell without boring. We highly recommend it.
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