Ethiopian Orthodox Churches of the Addis Ababa city are possessor of several religious, traditional and historical heritages of Ethiopia- that are among the wonders of the world. These churches are Addis Ababa’s tourist attractions for historical, religious, art, culture and architecture travel in particular. The Addis Ababa Holy Trinity is one of it.
I think I should mention one thing before starting the walkabout to this magnificent church. It is the fact that we Ethiopians call this church “Selase” which, in Amharic simply means the Holy Trinity.
Before stepping inside the church, let me share few more facts. The Holy Trinity Cathedral, originally, was a wooden church commissioned by Emperor Minilik II. So are you ready to be mesmerized by the dazzling stained-glass windows and grand murals of the church? Well, a picture worth thousand words…so enjoy.
Wait! There is more to admire… so here are few from the extraordinary stain glass windows.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the celebrated final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and His wife Empress Menen Asfaw. The massive granite tombs, which sit inside the church, are one of the highlights.
Well I dare to say that this is just a preview because; the church yard also hosts the graves of patriots who died fighting the Italian occupation and many more. I must say, this part of the church gives fascinating and at times emotive glance into the several historical chapters of Ethiopian History.
For more historical, religious, art and cultural insights of Ethiopia, The Holy Trinity Cathedral incorporates a Museum inside the compound of the church. A museum that preserves many historical replicas like very old books written on parchment, variety of crowns, chalices, crosses, thrones of Emperor Minilik II and Empress Taytu and many more.
Simply it is one of the Holy and Historical places of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) worth to visit!