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Adadi Maryam was worth the 2 hour drive from Addis Ababa. It was a built inside a beautiful, mossy boulder over 800 years ago! The surroundings are serene and in a remote area, which allowed us to meet some of the locals. Very cool!
Great site Fascinating area of underground rock hewn church. Definitely not touristy. We were the only sight seerers on a Saturday morning. About 80 km sth from Addis Visited Tiy Stekae in dame day. Aman Ethiopia Tours were highly recommended.
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 visit to Tiya site. The...More
This place is a wonderful piece of Ethiopian history. If you do not have time to visit the Stone Churches of Lalibela, then this 12th church is for you. Located about 1 1/2 hours outside of Addis it is easily accessible. Just not sure why...More
I did a day tour with Adadi Mariam as the high point. The actual church itself was a bit disappointing as the building itself is not spectacular, but the history is worth the trip. The tour itself was very good. The guides Muluken and Jeremiah...More
The visit of this about 900 year old (volcanic) rock-hewn monolithic church is indeed a rewarding event. If one, for any reason, cannot visit the Church of St.George in Lalibela, the Adadi Mariam church maybe sort of a compensation. It can be reached on a...More
Unlike the dozen of rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Adadi Mariam is a simple structure: purely functional and lacking in any decoration apart from a few makeshift religious posters hanging on the walls. The church's atmosphere is otherworldly and its underground location suggests an underground religion,...More
Tried to get to Adadi wit public transport, but gave up and eventually hitchhiked. It is easy to miss the turn-off on the Butajira road at about 55 km from Addis, but most locals know the place.
The church is hewn out of solid rock,...More