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The beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral

In a country that is said to have about 40,000 churches

and monasteries, we immediately head for the church that

is thought to be the most beautiful of all: the Holy Trinity

Cathedral, known in Amharic as

Kidist Selassie

. This

Orthodox Cathedral was built 80 years ago, commissioned

by the then Emperor Haile Selassie (1892 - 1975). Being

the visionary that he was, Haile Selassie had two massive

tombs installed in the church, one for himself and one for

his wife. Empress Menen could already move in in 1962,

but the tomb for Selassie remained empty for a long time.

This wasn't because Selassie was blessed with eternal life,

on the contrary - he was allegedly suffocated with a pillow

in 1975, by followers of the Marxist military regime of

Mengistu. His first resting place became the mausoleum of

his great-uncle, Emperor Menelik II. It wasn't until 25 years

later that Haile Selassie's remains were transferred to the

place he had designed for himself, with much fanfare.

Hilton in Addis Abeba in 2017

Hilton in Addis Abeba in 1972

The beautiful Holy Trinity Cathedral