About Holy Trinity Cathedral

Glass windows and tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife are what this yellow, ancient and majestic building of character has to offer. The cemetery which is very interesting is located behind the church and is open for public viewing. In the interior of the building you can find stained educational glass windows showcasing biblical stories and in front of the ark of the covenant, "Holy of Holies," you can find an altar where the faithful pray. The cathedral complex also includes the 'Bale Wold' (Feast of God the Son) Church, which is also known as the Church of the Four Heavenly Creatures. The church compound is mainly the burial place for those who fought against the Italian occupation, or those who accompanied the Emperor into exile. As with every historical building in Ethiopia, the construction of the church reflects the deep roots of its Christian heritage showcasing the traditional construction with the vast hallway, decorated altars and stained glass windows all resonating an Italian feel.

Must See

  • You will see tombs of important Ethiopians like Haile Selassie and his wife.
  • The interiors and architecture of the church are must-see attractions.


How to reach

4.3 km You can take a small blue Lada taxi from city center.

Taxi fare: 80-120 birr


  • Take your shoes off before getting inside the church.
  • Don't bring a guide along with you as you will be provided one inside
  • Women should be covered fully which includes the hair as well.
  • You need to wear Ethiopian Orthodox Church wear called "NATELA" inside the church.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • It is not an active church, Sermons are not provided on the premises.
  • Audio guides are not available.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • There is wheelchair accessibility.

Visit Time

Sunday:       8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday:       8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:      8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday:     8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday:          8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:      8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

You may have to wait for buying tickets and for the security check.


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Entrance Fee


Per person:200 Birr

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Time you can spend

30 mins


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