About Lion of Judah

The French sculptor Georges Gardet made the statue in 1930 for the event of Haile Selassie getting crowned as the Emperor. The statue was transported to Rome, Italy during the time of the end of the Second Italo-Ethopian war. After being taken to Rome it was placed beside the massive Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. The Lion is one of the landmarks of Addis Ababa. Its directly located in front of the old train station and looks directly at the city hall across the Church Hill Road. It was the cause of a protest against Italian colonialism by Eritrean patriot  Zerai Deres. The Lion of Judah was returned to Ethopia from Rome in 1960 after the negotiations in Addis Ababa.This is a remarkable piece of stone work.

Must See

The statue named the Lion of Judah is worth seeing which is a symbol of Ethopian Emperors and Ethopia. It was constructed in 1930 by the French sculptor Georges Gardet.
The statue is coated with bronze which is placed on a granite pedestal containing relief portraits of Ethopian Emperors.

How to reach

2.4 km You can use local Yellow Taxis.

Taxi fare: 60 birr.


  • Do not carry much currency as they may not allow you inside the museum.The maximum amount allowed is 200 Birrs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor has to walk a long distance.
  • Get along a good guide. 

Visit Time

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

You may have to wait for getting tickets as there may be a rush.


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Entrance Fee


100 Birrs


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Time you can spend

8 hours


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