Medhane Alem can boast being the largest cathedral in Ethiopia. And it is also the second largest in all of Africa. Next, we tell you all about this wonder and take you to other temples that you can visit in Addis Ababa, the capital of this African country. Can you come with us?
The beauty of the cathedral of Medhane Alem
The cathedral of Medhane Alem, or Cathedral of the Savior of the World, It is white and yellow, and is crowned by three green domes. Because of its appearance, you can slightly remember the Anwar Mosque, another attraction of Addis Ababa.Medhane Alem Cathedral
Inside the temple you can see various images of saints and faithful painted in fresco. And also the windows are striking, which give a great color and luminosity to the monument.
Once inside the cathedral, it is advisable to cover our head with a white veil. Men will have to go on the left side, and women on the right. Yes, you have to take off your shoes at the entrance and pay to take pictures.
Again outside, do not miss the gardens which are located next to this cathedral of Medhane Alem. A perfect place to walk and relax in the middle of the city. And to discover all these charms we must move to Bole, in the heart of the commercial area.
Other cathedrals in Addis AbabaSt. George's Cathedral - Henrik Berger Jørgensen / Flickr.com
Medhane Alem's is not the only cathedral in Addis Ababa. We must mention the Orthodox Cathedral of St. George. It was built by Italian prisoners of war captured in Adwa in 1896. It is characterized by its peculiar octagonal shape. Inside it houses a museum that is worth visiting.
Now we move to the Holy Trinity Cathedral. It was erected to commemorate the liberation of Ethiopia from the domain of Italy. It is the highest-ranking Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is also the second most important place of prayer in the country, after the church of Santa Maria de Sion, in Aksum.
In the capital of Ethiopia you can visit other cathedrals, such as theRoman Catholic Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. There are also other minor religious constructions throughout the city, but of interest, such as the charming Raquel church.
What else to see in Addis AbabaHager Fikir Theater - Steffen Wurzel / Wikimedia Commons
In addition to the cathedrals, in Addis Ababa you can visit other prominent places. We start at the Hager Fikir Theater, the oldest of all Ethiopia and setting where modern music and Ethiopian drama was born. In it, national stars like Aster Aweke and Hailu Frew began their career.
Of the theater we pass to the imperial palace of Addis Ababa, or Menelik Palace, which has remained throughout the years as the seat of government since it was completed in 1886. In fact, it is now the place of residence of the Prime Minister. Therefore, logically, it is not open to tourists.
Another attraction in Addis Ababa is the Meskel Square. And from her you have to go to the parliament building, which stands out with its clock tower and was built during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie.
As well we must mention the Anwar mosque, which is the largest in the country. Not forgetting the monument of Arat Kilo, the outdoor market of Merkato or the Shengo Hall.
Museums in Addis AbabaNational Museum of Ethiopia - Ian Swithinbank / Flickr.com
The city has interesting museums. Highlights the National Museum of Ethiopia. In addition to housing artistic treasures of the country, it gathers the fossil remains of the first hominids. The most famous and precious is that of Lucy, a set of bone fragments belonging to the skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis.
Equally interesting are the Ethnological Museum of Ethiopia, the Museum of Natural History of Ethiopia, the National Postal Museum, the Railway Museum of Ethiopia and the Addis Ababa Museum. If you can, reserve time to visit any of them.
As you could see, the capital of Ethiopia has many places of interest, starting with the beautiful cathedral of Medhane Alem. It is undoubtedly one of the cities in Africa that may surprise you.