Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa

4.2
#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Addis Ababa
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 final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife. Interesting to compare with Greek Orthodox churches. A must to visit when in Addis.  more »
  • Was humbling to vosit mid service and see the tome of Haile Sellassi . The church is stunning too. But for me it wasa pilgrimage I wanted to make to see the tomb , pay my respects and offer a prayer. ...  more »
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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.
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