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Adadi Mariam, Addis Ababa

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See the interior of the rock-hewn church Adadi Mariam, and hire a guide to learn about its history. From the outside, you can notice many stairs which lead to three entrances, and in the site's garden you will see a liturgical bell, a cross, and a sacred rock. As is true for all Ethiopian orthodox churches, this also consists of three parts. Inside, you can see bones of the saints. Use our Addis Ababa online trip itinerary builder to add Adadi Mariam and other attractions to your Addis Ababa vacation plans.
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  • In case you cannot afford or have the time to visit Lalibela or Axum, this church in the countryside is a good alternative. One can easily visit this church as part of a day tour and combine it with a...  more »
  • With the roads in Ethiopia and its difficulties, it takes quite a while to get to visit this church, whose value is limited to its antiquity and to the fact that it is the southernmost church in the style of the Lalibela churches dug in rock. Its state of conservation ends up causing a certain disappointment.
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  • Adadi Mariam is a small church about 60 km from Addis Ababa. It is an old church and still functional. It was founded by King (Saint) Lalibela in the 13th Century AD. If you are going to Adadi Mariam rock carved church, Thursday OR Sunday are the best as you would also visit the interesting weekly held cultural market of the Oromo people at Adadi town. Entrance fee to visit the church is 100 Ethiopian Birr per person.
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