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Holy Trinity Cathedral

Aratkilo area | Addis, Addis Ababa 123, Ethiopia
0919829515
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Addis Ababa
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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Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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518 reviews 518 reviews
420 attraction reviews
1,026 helpful votes 1,026 helpful votes
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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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We paid our entry fee, but didn't really know where to go, since there were so many people on the steps and no one seemed to be going inside. As Caucasians obviously standing out in the midst of the African populace, an old man saw our dilemma and directed us into a side door. We were greeted by the priest,... More

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Split, Croatia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Holy Trinity Cathedral is a witness to many important parts of Ethiopian history and should be seen from that point of view. We were lucky to have an exceptional guide (Genet Mengistu) who explained us a lot about church and Ethiopian orthodox religion in general. Scenes from the Bible made with stained glass are eye catching but accompanied with a... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I concluded it is a must to visit because it has so many icons ranging from secular to religious history about Ethiopia. 1. The glass paintings start from the creation of the world Adam and eve upto the roof paintings the last judgement . day...amazing. 2. It is the only church that displays non Christian portrays such as Judaism icons,different... More

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Québec
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

100 birr (5$) per person, quite expensive to visit a church and its surroundings, even if there are many historic objects or buildings to be seen. I suggest that you take an official guide at the gate; we didn't but we got involuntary involved with a private guide,,, our mistake.

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Durham, North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This is a rather simple, unassuming church that houses the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie I. The architectural highlight is the stained glass, each window depicting various Biblical scenes. On the church grounds is a small museum of Ethiopian historical artifacts. The admission fee to the church buys entry to the museum as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Very interesting cathedral with lovely paintings in both modern and mediaeval styles. Has tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie and his throne.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is a BEAUTIFUL Church with so much history. It sits on beautiful grounds and there is so much to see other than just the Church. Just so beautiful!

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Sarlat-la-caneda, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is where the tombs of the Emperor Haille Selassie and his wife have been installed, very touching. The church is beautifully decorated inside and the grounds contain the memorial for the 59 government members executed during the 1974 coup. A place for serious contemplation.

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