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“Cave Church in South West Shewa”
Review of Adadi Mariam

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Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We made a visit to Adadi Mariam cave church which in interesting to be visited in you are going to Tiya Stele Field site and Mela Kunture Archaeological site.

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Reviewed 3 January 2017

This place the place where Christians and peoples of other religion must see. It is not only matter of once religion it is also the countries treasure. And we can understand from this the strength of our fathers and mothers sacrificing for their belief. And to communicate with God nobody has to expect standard and well kept church, that's what i come to grasp from this place, Adadi Mariam temple.

Thank Kibrom2014@gmai... K
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was the first rock-hewn church I'd seen: cave churches and crypts yes but never one hewn from rock. There is a 12 km unmade-up side road to enjoy after many km of pot holed tarred road often hazardous because of stray animals, over loaded carts, tuk-tuk, trucks and pedestrians. The un-tarred road takes one right into the heart of the peasant-farming country with its round mud and straw housing. In wet times it is clear that the village of Adadi floods and the road was likely to be blocked. But I was there in December, a dry season month.
An entrance fee is payable. The sign says a photo pass is needed but it seemed to apply to cine cameras only. One walks ahead and sees a cross planted in the grass wondering where the church is. Simple - its beneath the grass. Only on walking closer does one see the moat all round the mound with the cross on it and the steps down into the moat. And only when down does one realise that there is another rock hewn passageway beyond the initial entrance arch. Here shoes should be shed before entering into the common area of the church. Mind your head. The room is cave like and has bench seating round three sides with the fourth having a central wooden doorway closed off. It gives access to the second chamber reserved for priests and then through a curtained archway into the sacred sanctum housing the Ark. Take a walk round the church in the inner passageway to get the true picture of the mining and hewing involved.
History says it was built by St (King) Lalibela in the 12th Century, one of the many he built but with the rest much further north. My personal guide knew more than the local one and the attendant allowed me into the second chamber for a demonstration of the three holy instruments and traditional chanting.
If you have time find the tree with the flock of Purple Glossy Starlings roosting and look around for the other birds.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016

very interesting, the drive to there took about two hours (a bit long) but the visit was great. we learn a lot about the local culture and religion.

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Reviewed 3 December 2016

i went there as a part of a day trip.
it is interesting and leaves you with questions about the palce unfortunatly the local guide dosent know much and there are not enaugh signs to tell the story in english.and it is an interesting story with great potential.my tour guide corrected the local one...
the little museum at the place is not relevant and boaring

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