Duration: Full Day
Itinerary Code: WETT0003
Type of Tour: City Tour
Trinity Cathedral Church
It is built in 1941 ordered by Emperor Haile Selassie after the restoration of independence from the Fascist Italian occupation. Many beautiful paintings, murals and stained-glass windows decorate the interior. Its exteriors are very impressive with elaborate pillars and carved decorations.There are many statues of angels and disciples on the rooftop, culminating in an impressive way. The tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife (Queen Menen) are found inside the church.
The tombs and monuments of very important persons including the patriots who lost their lives during the five years Italian occupations of Ethiopia, members of the royal family, commemorations of Ethiopian soldiers who died in the Korean War (1950-1953) and monuments of Sylvia Pankhrust found in the churchyard.
The national museum displays a replica of the early hominid 'Lucy' and a valuable collection of historical artifacts, ancient coins, and some paintings by modern Ethiopian artists. Upstairs there are stunning examples of traditional ceremonial dress, robes, and crowns and enormous decorated throne.
It is the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, which was the sit for the first palace of Emperor Menelik II, the founder of Addis Ababa. Here there is St. Merry church, where Emperor Menelik was crowned and you will admire the astonishing views of the city with its surrounding plains and volcanic cones together with its breathtaking air.
Merkato (Open Air - Market)
Mercato is the largest open - air market in Africa. It is an amazing, crowded place with never - ending hidden pockets to discover. It is a concentration of all that is Ethiopian with everything from around the world thrown in to add to its cacophony of colors and endless stalls of objects.
Merkato is not only Addis Ababa's commercial centers; it is the dynamo of the country's development in tread and industry, fascinating glimpse of the very vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and one can enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open-air and can purchase anything you need.