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Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa

The Holy Trinity Cathedral, known in Amharic as Kidist Selassie, is the highest ranking Orthodox church in Addis Ababa. It was built to commemorate Ethiopia's liberation from Italian occupation and is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia, after the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.

Incredible architecture

It was established in 1931, under the auspices of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, and occupies an area of 1,200 square meters and is 16 meters high. The graceful architectural structure and its fabulous fine arts makes it incredibly hard to believe that it is man-made. The cathedral is dedicated to the memory of those patriots who took part during the war of liberation. The crypts and graves of the Impress Menen and Emperor Haile Selassie, princes and princesses are also found on this site. Within its compound, you will find the graves of his Holyness Abuna Teklehaimanot and Bishops. The monument of those Military and Civilian Officials of His Imperial Majesty who were brutally murdered by the Derge is also found here. 

Spiritual murals by local artists

In 1964, the present structure took shape and the name of the Holy Trinity Cathedral was bestowed by Likesiltanat Abba Meliektu, who later became the patriarch of Ethiopia, Aba Theophilos in 1945. On the Southern side of the cathedral, there is a graceful circular church that was founded by Emperor Minilik II in 1887. Its former name was Mekanesilassie, and was later renamed Bealewold. Apart from these, the structure of the church is gracious and gravitating, with beautiful spiritual murals painted by local artists. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is located in Addis Ababa at Arat Kilo, and is a venue for religious meetings, the enthronement of patriarchs and international Ecumenical meetings. 

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