About Medhane Alem Cathedral

The architecture of the cathedral is unique in its own way. This church is a massive structure that will intrigue both those interested in architecture and the faith of the Church. This is the second biggest Church of its kind on the African Continent. The walls of the church are like quite a modern building with a main hall like in Christian Churches elsewhere in the world. You will surely be attracted towards the interior as it is much more colourful with Fresco Images of Saints and Worshippers and stained glass windows. You can see some astonishing paintings inside the Church and the stations of the Cross on the outside are beautiful.The Church itself has 3 domes in green with the rest of the building in a Creamish and White facade. It is situated in Bole in the heart of the Shopping area and it is a huge complex with a primary school also on its premises.

Must See

It is interesting to see the church from outside as it has an imoposing facade.
It is the largest church in Africa.
You can see an interesting garden area with welcoming large grounds.

How to reach

4.2 km You can use Yellow taxis.

Taxi fare: 80 to 120 birrs.


  • You are allowed with the cameras only when if you pay 100 birrs.
  • Shoes are to be kept outside before entering the church.
  • Before visiting read up on the Ethiopian Orthodox Worship to know about the present day timings.
  • Before entering the church make sure you are properly clothed with some white veil to cover your head.

Visit Time

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Waiting Time

You may have to wait as there may be a rush.


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Entrance Fee



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Time you can spend

2 hours


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