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Holy Trinity Cathedral

Aratkilo area | Addis, Addis Ababa 123, Ethiopia
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Ranked #3 of 20 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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10 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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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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Brooklyn, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We enjoyed our guide visiting this beautiful church. We were very moved to visit the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The Holy Trinity Cathedral was well worth a visit and gave a good idea of Ethiopian Church life. There are many relics to view both in the church and surrounding church grounds.

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Nairobi, Kenya
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visited Ethiopia during Timkat so we got to really experience the beauty of this church. Thousands of Ethiopians in traditional dress had come out for the Tabot procession and later for mass. This church is the final resting place for Haile Selassie and his consort Empress Menen (both are interred in huge granite tombs). The elaborate chandeliers, stained glass... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After two weeks in Ethiopia is was tough not to develop a little “church fatigue” as one structure seemed to blend into the next one and my patience began to fade with each visit. With a week’s post-vacation hindsight, however, I can judge this as one of the better ones in the country and probably the most memorable one I... More

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