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Lalibela Trips

Lalibela is renowned for its cluster of rock-hewn churches, one of the world’s greatest religious historical sites and Ethiopia’s top attraction. The churches are mostly cut from solid rock and have the appearance of being underground –  their dark interiors have little natural or artificial light. The most famous church is Bete Giorgis, carved in the form of a Greek cross; it is exceptionally well preserved and visually the most perfect of them all. 

On Lalibela tours you'll explore these distant churches, finding a resident priest in each, and he's usually happy to put on richly embroidered vestments and pose for a photo with his crosses, ancient bibles and sunglasses – due to constant camera flashes! Although the churches are remote, they are not short of worshippers: most Ethiopians, certainly of the older generation, are devout Orthodox Christians, and the services in the churches on religious festivals are of marathon length – 16 hours for one service is not unusual...

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Lalibela Adventure Holidays

Ethiopia in Depth

19 reviews

Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit, including Tigrai.

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 16+
13 Days from $4,179 USD
Guided (Incl. Taxes)
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Overall, it was an interesting and very enjoyable experience. Our guide, Yitbarek, was very well...

Rosemary Sampson, 2020 Ethiopia in Depth

Ethiopia is not like any other African country. It is Orthodox Christian by choice not...

John Gilligan, 2020 Ethiopia in Depth

Kipling wrote of Burma to the effect that it was like no other country you have seen. Had he...

GRAHAM CLARKE, 2018 Ethiopia in Depth