Adadi Mariam church (rock hewan) and Tiya Stele

Adadi Mariam church (rock hewan) and Tiya Stele
Ages 14-80
Duration: 9–10 hours
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Ticket type: Mobile
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Adadi Mariam is a rock-hewn monolithic church located approximately 66 km southwest of Addis AbabaEthiopia. A popular tourist destination, the site is believed to have been built in the 12th century.

Throughout its history the church has been damaged by both man-made and natural causes. Recently, restoration work to strengthen and restore the church have been done with the aid of Switzerland.

Local tradition states that king Lalibela, one of the prominent kings of the Zagwe dynasty and a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, commissioned the construction of the church in the 12th century. According to the hagiography of St. Lalibela, Adadi Mariam was one of seventy six rock-hewn churches which he had constructed and excavated in his lifetime, including those in Lasta. His visit to southern region of Shewa was documented in the book known as Tefut, found in Gishen Debre Kerbie monastery and in Sodo Debre Ader (Mahder) church of Zuquala.

What’s included

  • Entry/Admission – Adadi Mariam

  • Entry/Admission – Tiya World Heritage Site

  • Comfortable private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts

  • Professional experienced English speaking tour guide

  • Gasoline (Fuel)

  • Bottled water

  • Local family visits

  • Typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance and Coffee

  • Local meal preparation and host

    Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • All related government taxes

  • Private tour

  • Coffee and/or Tea

  • Lunch – Lunch at a local Ethiopian restaurant

What’s not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)

  • Airport/Departure Tax

  • Personal Tips

  • Alcoholic Drinks

  • Camera charges

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

This private day tour from Addis Ababa takes you through the scenic East African Rift Valley part of Ethiopia to the unique rock carved church of Adadi Mariam which built in 12th century, ancient grave site of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage), and experience the daily life of locals with family visit and community.

Appreciate interesting places and activities such as the unique still operational church of Adadi Mariam which is cut out of a single piece of rock in the 12th Century AD, an ancient cemetery of Tiya, and a traditional village of the Oromo people.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley This is a Tour that you can meet two deferent ethnics culture Oromo & Gurage. limited to a maximum of 6 people. This is 9-hour long tour with an English speaking guide in a private comfortable Toyota Minivan for a drive of

196 km in the evening attends a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Duration: 10 hours

Departure details

Traveler pickup is offered


Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the

pickup points. anywhere in Addis Ababa

Return details

Bole Addis Ababa Airport, hotels, anywhere in Addis Ababa


No Wheelchair accessible and Service animals allowed

If you have questions about accessibility, please contact us +251910140042 Additional information Confirmation will be received at time of booking Not recommended for travelers with back problems Not recommended for pregnant travelers No heart problems or other serious medical conditions Most travelers can participate This is a private tour/activity only your group will participate.
Cancellation policy For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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$145 – $270