St. George's Cathedral
St. George's Cathedral
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Justin W
Canberra, Australia391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The church is a typical Ethiopian Orthodox church. Men and women enter from separate doors and inside are three areas, with the innermost only accessible by the priests themselves. Its a much more modern version of what you can see in places like Bahir Dar. There is a small museum also. If you are in the area it is worth a short visit, but it wasn't a must see IMO.
Written January 20, 2020
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Robert S
Westbury, NY886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Cathedral has an interesting architecture seen in a number of Ethiopian churches. My timing was not right to see the inside, but the place is obviously holy to the locals as I saw o number of people prostrate themselves by the (closed) doorway. Menelik II square nearby is in an interesting neighborhood to walk around.
Written March 8, 2020
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Mstrixie007
Nairobi, Kenya136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Like with all visits to the Orthodox churches in Addis Ababa, this one is also rich in history and even more fascinating is the beauty of its architecture and getting to learn about the Orthodox religion and way of life. You get to see where Empress Zewditu was crowned as well as Emperor Haile Selassie and learn more about this church's linkage to the famous "Battle of Adwa" which is very central to the history of Ethiopia. A few relics have been preserved in their little museum, weaponry used in the battle as well as the garments the royals wore in those years. My one regret is not paying the extra charge to take a video as they get to demonstrate how a typical Orthodox service takes place in song, beating of the drums, the prayers and all....well, that is if delving into different religious practices is your thing.
Written May 24, 2023
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Gashview
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
St. George Cathedral, the oldest church in Addis Ababa was constructed right after the Adwa Victory--The first Black victory over the Fascist Italian. Empror Menilik II for the honor of St.George whom the tablet was taken to the battle for help, construct the church at the heart of Addis Ababa. In front of the church is roundabout where the Emperor's Statue is erected. Pretty nice church to visit and I am sure people will love to go there.
Written September 17, 2015
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MiLOtheTraveler
Atlanta, Georgia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
The outside is nice, typical Ethiopian Orthodox church style. But it's the inside that's the treasure. We got a tour from the archdeacon of the cathedral, whose father is the priest. He strolls the outside trying to drum up business. His knowledge was amazing. Plus, he sings, drums, and dances during the tour, giving you a strong sense of how music is central to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Additionally, the cathedral has some cool art related to the coronation and life of Haile Selassie. Furthermore, there is a small but excellent museum on the cathedral's grounds, which the archdeacon walked us through. It contains some real amazing pieces of art and documents. But pay attention in the cathedral and the museum -- the archdeacon likes to give quiz questions along the way. It makes the visit fun and helps you retain your knowledge of the place. Definitely go on Sunday. We did and came across a glorious wedding party and then we came across a funeral. The cost of the museum is $50 Birr but the tour of the cathedral is pay what you wish.
Written April 28, 2014
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Rspittelramsey
Springfield, OR16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013
We tried to visit here two times during our trip and deposited the fact that both times were during normal posted hours none of the staff were present either time. The garden is nice but be prepared to not be allowed in...
Written October 12, 2013
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Argaw
Jimma, Ethiopia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It is a very nice place to get into this church and sit for a while. It also has a collection of ancient antiques and visitors could enjoy seeing some of them used during the Adwan Era. The church compound is also a quiet and excellent place to pray, read, and meditate.
Written October 9, 2019
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MundocomoCasa
Brazil45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
There must be something wrong when a country charges more to visit a church than to visit museums. Visiting Lalibela churches: USD 50. Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa: 200 birrs. St. George’s Cathedral, also in Addis Ababa: 200 birrs. Visiting NATIONAL Museum: 10 birrs. Ethnological Museum: 100 birrs. Red Terror Museum: free.

The above is to show that churches in Ethiopia are a way to rip off and abuse tourists.

When I arrived in St. George’s Cathedral it was not possible to visit inside because services were going on. I asked to just walk around the cathedral but I was told that even for only that I had to pay for the regular entrance ticket (which only tourists pay).

It’s a shame that a country which need tourism incomes exploit the tourists like that.

To not encourage such rip off acts against us tourists and to make they reflect about the huge amount of money they charge I wouldn’t recommend a visit here to anyone.
Written January 25, 2019
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Kat F
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
The Cathedral of Saint George is the best maintained structure I saw in Addis. The tour guide is very educated and open to answering a wide variety of questions.
Written August 11, 2015
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midway42
Georgia3,116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
Commissioned by Menelik II to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Adwa in 1896, St. George’s Cathedral was my first stop after arriving in Addis Ababa. Finished in 1911 with input from a number of artists and architects, both the exterior and interior of the structure were impressive on first look. The outside is octagonal, gray stone in a neo-classical style with the inside being filled with colorful murals. There is an associated museum in the back (additional fee) with numerous capes, crowns, and ecclesiastical belongings such as prayer sticks and scrolls (written in Ge’ez on goat skin). A climb to the bell tower rounds out the experience.

My first impressions here were quite favorable, but after two weeks of similar visits around the country my initial experience was tempered with the recognition of a pattern that was repeated many times: a nominal entrance fee followed by a short tour of the church in English with a lot of colorful murals detailing religious stories, followed by a trip to the associated museum with another fee and tour showing a multitude of precious artifacts. After a while everything started blending together for me and, I would imagine, for most tourists unless you are an enthusiast of such endeavors.

A recommended visit if you’re traveling to Addis Ababa only; most who are making the country-wide historical circuit can probably safely pass on a trip here and just hit the Holy Trinity Cathedral instead.
Written March 30, 2014
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