The Entoto Hills are not only an oasis in the midst of hectic city or the summit that provides an incredible panoramic view of Addis Ababa below…rather it is one of the historical sites of Addis Ababa. Entoto Hills hosts interesting historical churches which are worth to visit. Needless to say, that no talk about Entoto Hills would be complete without mentioning the renowned historical fact that it was Emperor Menelik II former capital before Addis Ababa was found in 1887.
To take the world way up to the highest part of Addis Ababa and to allow seeing the two sights of interest of Entoto Hills or Addis Ababa through a virtual tour is the main aspiration of this particular post.
Near the summit is the octagonal Entoto Mariam Church which hosted Menelik’s coronation in 1882 and it is the only apparent vestige of this era which is still functional. In the church compound, The Saint Mary, Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu Memorial Museum which is opened in 1987, contains almost everything of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu – pictures, clothing, furniture, accessories, interesting collection of religious items, ceremonial clothing and many more to take visitors way back to this particular and interesting era.
Talking about transporting visitors of this particular historical site to hundred years back, Entoto Mariam church still hosts Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu’s Palace at the back and it offers an opportunity to actually be and feel of a place where Ethiopia’s most adored, valued and respected King, Queen and Legends once lived in it.
The walkabout to the assembling and banquet room…well, seeing the different sections of entrances of the hall for the king and queen and other high officials and more interestingly visualizing the room with full of people and even allowing oneself to pass through the entryways, makes it more like a celestial experience.
Imagining Empress Taitu looking through the window…why not? She was here!
Dining Room- I was picturing all Ethiopian traditional stools and Mesob (Ethiopian traditional basket which serve as a dining table) in the middle.
A room where they used to keep food like honey, Tej (home brewed local drink) and the hooks at the wall was used to hang meat.
This was the room for placing honorable dressings, Jewelries and weapons of Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu.
Here is the Elfign (master bed room) and after visiting the Enoto Saint Mary, Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu memorial Museum which displays the Queen and the King’s bed along with the pillows make it easier to picture what this room would be like back then.
Finally the guest house…and I hope you enjoyed your stay.
Time to move…about 2 km past Entoto Mariam Church, there is another historic church and that is Kidus Raguel church. It is one of sights of interest to visit while upon the Entoto Hills.
It is a church that worth exploring inside and out, starting with the colorful and interesting murals which embellished it from the inside.
In the Kidus Raguel compound, there is a disused 13th century rock-hewn church called Kidus Raguel, it was partially destroyed during the Italian occupation but it is open to visitors to wander inside.
To finish of today’s virtual tour of the historical sights of Entoto Hills, here is a sneak flick of the interesting panoramic view visitors could enjoy and capture right out of the main gate of Kidus Raguel Church.
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