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“History, Beauty, and Peacefulness” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Addis Ababa City Tour
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“History, Beauty, and Peacefulness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

This church has many paintings and murals that depict many scenes in the bible. The mix of ethnic facial features and Amharic writing on the stained glass makes you envision the crossroads of this place. There are also historical national significant murals and tombs located here.

The church grounds are peaceful and quiet. It is an active church and you will see many faithful visiting for prayers. Make sure you arrive at a time where services are not being rendered.

A tour guide is suggested for the interior of the church and may be necessary. The details are fuzzy.

Shoes are not to be worn inside the church. Wear socks. I believe the entrance fee was about 50 Birr for two people. Photography is allowed but some areas do not allow flashes.

Visited February 2013
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“Emperor's resting place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

You probably won't skip visiting the cathedral once in Addis, which is good, but don't expect much more than seeing a 'regular church', quite similar to stone cathedrals in Europe.

In the back part you'll see the two impressive and big coffins of Haile Selassie and his wife, and also their thrones, but apart from that (which is not specially impressive), this cathedral has not much more to offer.

I think the small church and graveyard in the back are more interesting for foreigners from a cultural and traditional point of view, since they are 'more ethiopian'.

The entrance fee also includes a visit to a small museum with some of Haile Selassie's stuff.

Visited January 2013
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Haile Sellasie's resting place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place is interesting because you'll see the two huge sarcophagus where Haile Sellasie and his wife rest (in peace). You'll find also two big thrones were the emperors used to sit and it's interesting to see how they are differentitated—symbols that represent 'his' and 'hers'. Pictures are allowed, and don't be surprised if some priest points to the coffins or the seats, insists on getting a picture taken and then expects money from you (without even having explained anything).

Apart from that, from the cathedral itself don't expect much more that a church, because that's what it is.
Behind the cathedral there is a small building housing a museum where you can see some of Haile Sellasie's things. (The entrance fee for the cathedral, 100 birr for faranjis in January 2013, also includes this wee museum.)

From my point of view, the most interesting thing to see in the cathedral complex is the graveyard behind the museum—you can notice some Ethiopian customs about burying people, like for instance including a picture of the deceased, which I think is very interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Emperor Haile Sellasie's tomb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Need I say anything more? I had a private guided tour for $5 with a priest who serves at the Cathedral. I found it atmospheric and fascinating. The emperor's throne in particular is impressive. For Brits like me, I also enjoyed seeing the plaques honouring the British soldiers who liberated Ethiopia in WW2.

For the atmosphere the best tourist attraction in Addis by far!

Visited February 2013
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“St George Church (St Giorgis)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

We fell in love with St George Church, The tour Guide was very
elaborate and Knowledgeable. The church was full of history, everything that was in the bible (old and new Testament) was visually there on the interior walls of the church. We now know something about St George that we didn't know before. We loved it very much so we also fell in love with St George's the Beer.

Visited December 2012
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