Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa

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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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  • The church itself is a beautiful piece of architecture. Other than that not much else. They don't market the place well. They are unprepared for tourists, the grounds are unkempt all round. The museum...  more »
  • The church has gothic European architectural flavor and hosts the tomb of Haile Sellasie. I recommend you get an english speaking guide.  more »
  • It is a recent construction and with frescoes related to events that occurred in the TWENTIETH century, mainly by the Emperor Haile Selassie
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  • Although it's clearly free for people to walk the grounds of this church, I was approached and escorted to a ticket office by a staff member. The office asked for 200birr! I told them I didn't want to go inside the cathedral and they said I still had to pay or I had to leave. The place had dozens of people walking the grounds who I highly doubt paid 200birr. Still I left the grounds. Even after exiting I was reprimanded by a guard for standing on the street near the cathedral. I'm used to getting foreigner prices, but this is ridiculous.
  • Must visit in Addis. Better with guide for more interesting stories
  • Amazing design and painted windows, great hospitality
  • Well worth the visit. Was lucky to have been during a busy weekend over fasting season and was in owe of the passion of the church goers. Make sure you get a guided tour (included in admission) by one of the officers you meet when you pay for your admissions ticket. The museum is interesting but the guide that takes you to the tomb of the monarchs behind the Cathedral was a highlight
  • It's got some interesting architecture and Emily Pankhurst is buried here. It's no better than other churches especially is Europe. On top of this when we visited we went in and were turned away since it was prayer time, hence didn't actually get to see anything. And yet were still expected to pay the frankly disgusting price of 200 per person which is steep even for the UK. Overall I wouldn't even recommend visiting unless you love architecture, are very religious or have nothing better to do.
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