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Worth the visit, even for accompanying women

Women are not allowed up in the monastery but you can accompany your male partners right up until... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2018
Sde Boker, Israel
Females aren't allowed up but my husband says it was unforgettable!

The Monastery of Debre Damo is set inside a hidden world atop a rock, accessible only by way of a... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
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Sabean hotel | Axum ethiopia, Adigrat, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 December 2018

Women are not allowed up in the monastery but you can accompany your male partners right up until where they need to climb up the 17 m wall with the help of a rope. I was expecting a difficult climb to get to the wall...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lottesahar
Reviewed 18 May 2018

The Monastery of Debre Damo is set inside a hidden world atop a rock, accessible only by way of a leather rope up and only accessible to men. The trek up to the base of the rock is by way of climbing approximately 525 steps....More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank HarpreetsWanderlust
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Females are not allowed to visit the place. There is absolutely no chance for that. There are other rock hewn churches worth visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Miikaaa
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This Monastery from the 6 century stays intact and worth its penny visiting. It is 15 Km distance fro the most beautiful City of Adigrat and you will be treated with an experience you will never forget for life. The rope being tied around my...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Berhe H
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I visited Debre Damo in June 2017 with Haile Demewoz as my guide. I had a choice between spending a day in my hotelroom in Addis or fly 1000 km, drive for two hours visit Debre Damo and return the same way. All in one...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Jan F
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It was challenging to go up the hill using a rope but once we were up the it was rewarding. The monastery's fine building was very interesting to visit, and you can also see the village from distance next to this building, home to monks?

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank asaa_roman
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Debre Damo is marvels in terms of its geographical location and mass collection of priceless manuscripts that have remained as a old until today. It has become a visible monastic and educational centre for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Israel M
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is definitely worth a day trip from Axum. It's a beautiful area, the monastery itself is an interesting and historic building and the climb is somewhat difficult, but isn't too bad -- there are plenty of monks willing to do most of the hard...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Traveler_Fellow
Reviewed 17 April 2016

The monastery itself is old, small and beautiful. It was fascinating to be guided by a young monk. He showed us all the different facilities - monastery, living quarters, work shops and reservoirs for storing water. The climb up and down - what can I...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank clauso876
Reviewed 1 February 2016

We had read all the plaudits about the rockhewn churches of Tigray, but nothing prepared us for seeing them ourselves. The highlights were: Debre Damo: The scenery on the way there was incredible. I wimped out of trying to climb scramble up the rope, but...More

Date of experience: November 2015
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