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Holy Trinity Cathedral

Aratkilo area | Addis, Addis Ababa 123, Ethiopia
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Ranked #3 of 21 attractions in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Trinity Cathdral is the resting place of Haille Selassie. Statues line the churches walls and fill the surrounding gardens. Photography is allowed... more »
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Catholics practice religion seriously. They have some weird customs that are Ethiopian specific, which is worth a view. Be careful of pick pockets in the church grounds, as they target you while praying.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

You need to visit inside the church, they charge a fee which is about $5.00 US Dollars, but it is worthy

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Was Intresting to visit a Chrisitian Orthodox church. The story behind this place is intreating too.

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Kampala, Uganda
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A symbol of Christianity and the Imperial government of Emperor Selasie entwined... A treat for historical and architectural enthusiasts...up to the brim with the rich religious and cultural history of the Ethiopian community and how they embraced Christianity. .. Tombs of the Emperor and Empress are on site including a small museum containing artefacts of the past Ethiopian ruling class...a... More

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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It is a very nice church. Not very big, you see it in a 20-30 minutes if you take your time (and you should). The guide gives you some nice information too.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I liked how the priests were so orthodox and proud of the church. It is unusual for Africa to have a church that is so ornate. It cost 100 Birr (5 USD) and was worth the visit

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Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The church is gorgeous from the outside, and very interesting on the inside ... with murals relating to nationally significant events (independence, etc.). The Cathedral is also surrounded by graves of culturally and historical significant Ethiopians. Definitely worth a short visit while in Addis.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The spirtual feeling of the church, the stories told by the stunning stain glass windows and the humbling experience of entering Hailles Selassie's, apparent, final resting place.

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Lagos, Nigeria
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Since Ethiopia is renoun for its Orthodox Church, I looked forward to it. This cathedral was built by Menelik no wonder his tomb was placed just close to the altar. There is a Menelik museum within the very large compound. Good place to visit!

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Sydney, Australia
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146 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This was described as a modern cathedral in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. A tour guide is definitely required as it will help you understand the history and symbolism inherent in the Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Divided into three sections, explanations about this are provided as is information about the copy of the "ark of the covenant" held in the third chamber.... More

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