We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Lalibela 1000, Ethiopia
Website
Today
00:00 - 23:59
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,354 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 723
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
More than I could have imagined!

April 2015 I flew to Lalibela from Addis Ababa and stayed overnight in a hotel (it was just outside of the Easter period, so was not busy or crowded, which made it even more... read more

Reviewed today
GeorgyP421
,
London, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

1,354 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 915: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

April 2015 I flew to Lalibela from Addis Ababa and stayed overnight in a hotel (it was just outside of the Easter period, so was not busy or crowded, which made it even more special. It's the most awesome sight I've seen. This church and some of the others. I never imagined I would see such beauty. And the pictures... More 

Helpful?
Thank GeorgyP421
Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went in expecting this to be interesting but turned out to be even more impressive. 2 tips: split it the tour over 2 days even if you have to pay slightly more as it makes visiting the 10 churches more enjoyable, and use Sefiw H/mariam as your tour guide (sefiw60@yahoo.com, +251911913759). He was a passionate and knowledgeable guide, and very... More 

Helpful?
Thank mhadams24
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 13 year old son and I hired a local guide who was recommended to us by other tourists we met in Ethiopia. We called him up when we arrived in Lalibela and luckily he was available. His name is Setegn ("Seta") Mekonnen (setegn_mekonnen@yahoo.com, 091 1096469). He was very friendly and guided us at our own pace through all the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank DadaEliza
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

i never seen like this historical place in my life it is really amazing and merakel for me. i highly recomanded this historcal place for the travellers

Helpful?
Thank kner123
Level Contributor
42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see one of the wanders of the world this is the place! It is not quite understandable how these churches have been hewn from the rock! It is amazing to see and admire this work made centuries ago!

Helpful?
Thank Connyswede
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a great time out seeing the ancient churches of Lalibela. Our visit was during the Easter Celebrations and it was a perfect time to see the devotion of the Orthodox Christian adherents

Helpful?
1 Thank Fisayo A
Level Contributor
97 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a highly reputed wonder of the world preserved much in its original form. The sights are not the greatest you will get but the history and the wisdom, dedication, hard work and labour of the ancient people can be much appreciated at the actual scenes. It requires a fair amount of walking on uneven rocky surfaces particularly after... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Eric L
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These churches are amazing! We've done many tours in ethiopia, but this one was by far the best. We got us an amazing guide via a hint on tripadvisor. His name is Ayalew Setegn. There are many mediocre guys in Ethipoia, but he was amazing. Great english and fun company. I would highly recommend him to all my friends. Simply... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kai C
Surrey
Level Contributor
51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd seen the photos beforehand but we were blown away when we came to the first church. It is a marvel to work out how they moved all that rock so long ago with the available technology. The awe continued to the last of the 11 churches. What we liked about them is that they are not museum pieces but... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank A F
uae
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People wanting to be hired as guide, 500birr person ,a bit over kill. You have to pay guide transportation both ways, ticket to enter 500 birr and they want tip. Lonely planet has great descriptions wonderful to walk the loose rocks and paths to see this marvel. Get a walking stick shoes with ankle support,water,hat and sun block. They make... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank joyious

Travellers who viewed Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela also viewed

 
Afar Region, Ethiopia
Lalibela, Amhara Region
 

Been to Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?