About Adadi Mariam

This church is a good example of ROCK-HEWN churches This church is unique as it is the Southern-Most church of its type, and it stands all alone  There is no other Rock-Hewn churches  in that area.  This church is a "UNESCO" site. It is a 600-year-old sanctuary in the building tradition of the Northern part of Ethiopia, and marks the advent of Christianity in the Southern part of Adadi Mariam. It is an ancient and spiritual place to visit. It is an interesting place to see which reveals each and every story of Christianity. This place will make you feel enchanted and looks like a natural underground palace.Outsideis  the corridor wall incorporated with 24 windows and 10 doors. Its  uniqueness lies in the fact that it  was a church which was cut out of a single piece of rock in the 13th century AD by the King Lalibela .

Must See

You can see a church which is built up on a rock.
Its a "UNESCO" site which is believed to have been built in the 13th century.
It is a centuries-old religious marvel.

How to reach

 67 km from south west of Addis Ababa after you have driven 55km along the Butajira Road, take the right turn and drive 12km more on a dirt road.

You can also take a Yellow taxi. 

Taxi fare: 180 birrs.


  • If you are recording a video or if you are having a camera you may have to pay an additional amount of 100birr.
  • A good and experienced driver is a must to have along as the place is somewhere 1.5 km outside Addis Ababa and hard to find by  oneself.
  • A guide is a must to understand every bit of the church's history.
  • Take off your shoes before getting in.

Visit Time

Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

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Entrance Fee


100 birr


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Time you can spend

2 hours


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