About Meskel Square

This place is of a great importance for locals as  it is the site where the Ethiopian Christianity followers celebrate Meskel (the foundation of the True Cross of Jesus Christ) every year on September 27th or 28th. Every morning you can see the place full of athletes training which is a very unique  experience. This is a historic place where the annual Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church religious festivity known as  Meskel takes place since the time of Emperor Haile Selassie reign. On special events you can see different ways of communicating with locals which is nice to view. It is a memorial place to visit with lot of activity in the Square all related to human traffic and vehicles parked at the place. Meskel Square, used to be known as Revolutionary Square in Addis Ababa's central plaza where public speeches and demonstrations take place. Earlier the celebration Meskel Bonfire (a large open-air fire as part of a celebration) in Addis Ababa is lit up by the Emperor of Ethiopia along with the members of the Imperial family, the Nobility and high officials of the Orthodox Church and the Government. 


Must See

  • The fire which gets lit during the Meskel festival is worth seeing.
  • Hundreds of priests and deacons from churches around the city gather here

How to reach

2.9 km You can use Small Blue Lada taxis.

Taxi fare: 30 birrs.


  • Carry your comfotable shoes along as you need to walk a lot.
  • Do not travel alone or else there are chances of getting robbed.
  • You can take pictures inside.
  • Be alert with your valuables and money because you may get your pockets picked as the place is very crowded.

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 hours.

Monday: Open 24 hours.

Tuesday: Open 24 hours 

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

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Waiting Time

It takes time for the security check.


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Entrance Fee


10 birr for Adult Ethiopians 

50 birr for Foreigners

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Time you can spend

1 hour


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