Admire stained glass windows and see the massive imperial red granite tombs at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the most important Orthodox cathedral in the capital. Built from 1931 to 1944 to commemorate Ethiopia's liberation from Italian colonization, the cathedral features biblical images with African motifs and a dazzling play of light in the interior. Arched colonnades and colorful murals with homegrown saints add to the ornate design. Other parts of the complex include a wooden church, a school, a seminary, and a museum dedicated to civilians killed during Italian reprisals in 1937. A number of important national figures also lie buried within the cathedral, plus one foreigner--British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. Plan your Holy Trinity Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Addis Ababa using our Addis Ababa travel route planner.
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worth seeing this type of cathedral, an interesting contrast to the traditional churches arond the contry one sees as a tourist. Also interesting to see the tomb of Slyvia Pankhurst (and her son... more »
The Holy Trinity Cathedral was an interesting place to visit, learn more about the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and see the tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw. more »
Haile Selassie and his wife are buried here so it is worth visiting for historical reasons. However, the most magnificent aspect of this visit was the intricate nature of the church and how stunning it is from floor to ceiling. There is also a replica of the ark of covenant and we were so blessed to have the priest open up the holy of holies curtain for us to see where the ark is housed. No one can see the actual ark but the priest. The smells were also incredible.
The seat of the church. A beautiful cemetery filled with important historical personalities. Do not miss wondering around
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