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“Worth going for the tomb of Haile Selassie”

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa
Ranked #3 of 52 things to do in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Not an architectural treasure, but fascinating as it reflects Haile Selassie's decidely eclectic take on European architecture. He chose to have a series of murals painted depicting incidents of recent Ethiopian history, such as his speech to the League of Nations at the time of the Italian invastion. More recently he himself has been interred there in a brooding sarcaphagus.

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"his wife"
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"haile selassie"
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"final resting place"
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"ethiopian orthodox"
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"the stained glass windows"
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"nice church"
in 14 reviews
"new testament"
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"buried here"
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"remove your shoes"
in 4 reviews
"prime minister"
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"burial place"
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"entrance fee"
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"interesting place"
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"worth a visit"
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"tour guide"
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"old church"
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I am happy that I got a chance in my lifetime to visit this well preserved gem. when there it feel like being in medieval Europe. The communal prayer session that are held daily at various times in the day and always with a good turnout of worshipers completely pulls you into an ancient religion well preserved until today, in the museum you will find old bibles written in what they call God's language. and the highlight of my visit was Haile Selasie's tomb and his other artifacts. it is an awesome place to visit for religious, architectural, historian travelers or basically anyone who appreciates beautiful places.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

A visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral is a true window to the soul of the Orthodox community of Addis Ababa, and the people who come here daily to worship and pray. There are theological subtleties that may go unnoticed unless you have a guide to point them out. With a little narrative, the true specialness of the church opens up. A must for any visit to Addis.

Thank Mezzofanti Z
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Visiting and praying here during an afternoon service was a huge highlight for me. One of the priests handed me the traditional staff they all lean on during the long services. I felt like a local (even if I don't look like one). Thank you for your hospitality!

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Haile Selassie and his wife are entombed here. You'll have to pay the doorman to hold your shoes. Suggest spending $5 and hiring a guide who will explain things.

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