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Trip To Washa Michael - Rock Hewn Church In Addis Ababa | Stopover Tour provided by ShebaLand Tour

Trip To Washa Michael - Rock Hewn Church In Addis Ababa | Stopover Tour

Trip To Washa Michael - Rock Hewn Church In Addis Ababa | Stopover Tour
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A rock hewn church made of a huge single rock and more than one thousand six hundred years old. While getting to the church you get to see beautiful green trees, athletes , and you will also get a chance to hike for couple of hours to get to the hill where the cave church is located.
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  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 146092P15
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • All othet prices which is not described in this trip
Duration
4–6 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • 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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • All othet prices which is not described in this trip
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • 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.
Duration
4–6 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Addis Ababa
    Stop: 4 hours
    The Washa Michael is a rock hewn church in Addis Ababa. This monolithic church is more than one thousand six hundred years old. And it was made by two Ethiopian kings whose name were Ezana and Sayzana and ltaer called ABRAHA and ATSB'HA about 320A.D. It is excavated from one huge solid rock and If you’re mad and not planning to visit the churches at Lalibela or Tigray in the north, this is definitely worth a peek as an example of the extraordinary rock-hewn architecture that Ethiopia is so famous for.
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buendiajosearcadio
Brussels, Belgium16 contributions
Feeling like Indiana Jones
Jan 2020 • Solo
I did a very nice and refreshing tour to Washa Mic kael church while staying in Addis Abeba.
The church is precursor and experimental to the Lalibela churches and is interesting to visit if you want to know the amazing ethiopian rock churches better. Being older, the church is not in as good condition like the Lalibela ones but it has much charm. The pleasant and smelly walk among the eucaliptus trees to reach the church adds interest to the visit.
The church still gets devotion (I saw burned candles) and there is a painting of the very interesting Saint Teklehaimanot (he was one-legged and the painting is quite surreal as the amputed leg is painted apart of the Saint).
I did a nice encounter when visiting the church when meeting an ermite nun living there in a cove. I was really amazed!
I did the tour with a really nice guide called MARY (say « Maru ») EMAGNU which I recommend a lot (WhatsApp and phone +251 91 005 9912 @Travelingisnicegood). It is impossible to visit the church without a guide as you have to know the walking way to the church and you could get easily lost if you don’t know the way. You better have a guide who knows the road to this almost forgotten church, off the classical road of the mainstream visits in Addis Abeba.
Written 2 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dave
Kansas City, United States53 contributions
Can't get to Lalibela, but a want to see a Rock Hewn Church near Addis Ababa? Washa Mikael!!
Sep 2019
I was fortunate to be on the very first Washa Mikael trip with Bernabas of ShebaLand Tours. We had a little extra time at the end of a three day trip to Awash National Park, and no firm plans. So, while enjoying a refreshing Habesha beer after a long day of driving and hyena watching, we consulted the map together and found this seemingly little known church just north of Addis. We looked at each other and said, "Let's check this out!"

A couple of days later, post safari, Bernabas picked me up at the crack of dawn, and we headed off to find Washa Mikael.

This being the first time he'd been, we wound our way up the narrow and rutted streets in the general direction of the ruins, asking passers by at each intersection until we had to park and start walking. We continued querying locals until we found the right path and ended up at a modern church at the summit of the hill with an active mass going on. We quietly asked around and a gentleman led us to a door on the other side of the courtyard. He opened it, and ushered us through.

On the other side was the ruined Washa Mikael rock hewn church. We were looking down into it from our level, and It is in a considerable state of disrepair, and has the remnants of scaffolding erected to support the facade. Large blocks littered the ground inside of the church, and it was pretty wildly overgrown.

In order to get down to the level of the entrance, we had to hike around and down to a tunnel bored in the rock, and then stoop and walk through, trying to avoid the large puddle inside. Once through, we were confronted with the impressive, but crumbling front of the church.

Bernabas and I spent a short while wandering around, snapping photos and trying to get back into the interior without getting attacked by the ferocious little black ants. We were mostly successful, but eventually, the ants won, and we retreated to shake them from our shoes and pants, and scratch at where they nipped at us. Fortunately, they didn't eat much.

It is a bit more than a kilometer walk up to the site, and was a great opportunity to see some of the way regular people live and work. The forest was also nice to walk through, especially with the eucalyptus trees fragrant aroma wafting through the air.

Overall, it was a really neat trip, and a great way to wrap up an adventure filled weekend. Use your favorite search engine to look up more information on the site, and specifically search for Bruce Strachan and his studies of the location. He's got a great web page (to which - unfortunately - I can post no links...but you're smart. You can find it.). Very informative, although it is a little dated and will make you sad that nothing's been done recently to save this historic site.

Bernabas and the team at ShebaLand Tour are great. When you go with them, you will get first class treatment, and a well organized, personalized tour. I absolutely had a blast, and left with new friends in an amazing country. 
Written 2 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Dave Yes it was a wonderful trip and adventure with you !! We also learnt a lot from you and admired your photography skill. Thankyou for everything including the photos that you captured for us. I and the whole team would love to thankyou for taking your time is give us a detailed reviews! Best and see you again!! Bernabas Kidane
Written 26 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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