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Address: Aratkilo area | Addis, Addis Ababa 123, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 0919829515
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7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Fascinating combination of influences

This church tells several fascinating stories. About the unique roots of the Christian religion in this country. About Haile Selassie turning the burial ground of the imperial... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During my visit of the cathedral, I assisted to a wedding. They were chanting the traditional songs..... A great experience! Make sure to walk around the cathedral as well, it's beautiful.

Thank Isabelle67
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit was highly spiritual and enlightening. The tour guard provided a lot of history and information. He was very knowledgeable. The church is the resting place of the last emperor and his wife who used to attend the church. The church is Orthodox and reflects the Christian history of the nation. It also reflects the political and cultural history... More 

Thank alexadedeji
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38 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church tells several fascinating stories. About the unique roots of the Christian religion in this country. About Haile Selassie turning the burial ground of the imperial family into a pantheon for national heroes and - now - celebrities. But the most interesting is going there when a mass is celebrated and soak in the mix of christian and african,... More 

Thank RotterdamHans
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you pay for you ticket get a guide. He will take you round the cathedral and will explain the art, tell you about the tombs, throne etc. The guide we had only covered the cathedral, but our driver took us round the grounds, these are worth seeing too, not sure if the guides can given more information of the... More 

Thank lI0ve2h0liday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place seems to be so important to the Ethiopian culture , so many stories behind specially when you take the stairs under the church and see the king's grave.

Thank Alaa A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church will be a surprise for the American or European tourists. It combines a lot of ancient Ethiopian history with murals of Haile Selassie at the League of Nations and other contemporary pieces. The tomb of Haile Selassie is inside of the church.

Thank Cardiogelf1
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathedral is revered by Ethiopians predominately of Ethiopian Orthodox religion. The 13th century Structure and art are phenomenal, depicting much religious art widely influenced by Jesuits' Maryam Cult. Good to wear sandals with socks because you will have to remove your shoes upon entry of this extravagantly designed Church-Museum. There is a small fee to enter the Cathedral, and... More 

Thank Ajuwa A
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built in the Baroque style on Mussolini's instructions in about 1940, this is one of the most beautiful churches I visited in Addis, perhaps Ethiopia. Externally, it looks and feels much older and this is reflected in the inside too. Hailie Salasie and his wife are also buried here in huge tombs. Typical paintings of the various scriptures and lots... More 

Thank TFH04
Chilliwack, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Beautiful structure built in the early-mid 1900s. Contains the tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife. Fabulous stained glass windows. Very dark inside - watch your step. Hiring an english guide was wll worth the history lesson and every penny (or birr!). Learned lots.

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Tunis, Tunisia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you're around go visit it it's worth it but Make sure to a get a guide, the place has a very interesting history and stories to be told

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