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“haile selassie”(12 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Axum, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral was built in the 1960's by Haile Selassie. It is a very eastern, mid century modern design. The large interior is designed ot be reminiscent of heaven.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank InTheMomentManhattan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Large, airy and round, built by Haile Selassie, this is quite the opposite to small, rock hewn churches of antiquity. Spend a little time here for quiet reflection. Speak to the priests who are always about, and who are always so helpful.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting building with a number of paintings inside. Its on the tourist trail so expect a priest to read aloud from an ancient book

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KevanEastYorkshire
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Although it is dark and difficult to see all of the items in the museum, there are some beautiful and interesting artifacts! I enjoyed seeing the clothing from previous emperors. The church itself felt very modern.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Heather S
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

The new church is spacious and colorful. The priest will happily show you the parchment book from 15th century and demonstrate how they play the drums. Explore the complex with the ancient church ruins, museum and allegedly the ark of the covenant which is guarded...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 18, 2018

Some interesting items around the church but church is very dull, despite the adornment of a chandelier from HM Queen.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OccidentalTourist46
Reviewed December 17, 2018

The Church of St. Mary of Zion, built by Emperor Heile Selassie (Rastafari Mekonen) is an impressive monument. The building stands out and will always remain as a tribute to the somewhat controversial Haile Selassie. The architecture is visually pleasing and the interior is nicely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shaked007
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A new church which really only appeals because of it modernity. It will never pass the test of time. The highlight was a picture of the relocation of the Arc of the Covenant from Judea.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David K D
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

At the entrance of the church we payed 200 birr, locals 20 birr, to visit the museum behind the church.(steps down)U have to leave ur bags and belongings in a locker before entering. I found it interesting to see. Golden and silver crowns, clothes etc....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sonjas300
Reviewed October 19, 2018

The church itself is very modest but the windows are beautiful. And the priests show you ancient writings of the bible. Queen Elisabeth II inaugurated the church back in the 60s.

Date of experience: March 2018
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December 15, 2017|
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Response from martham869 | Reviewed this property |
Timket is celebrated colourfully every where in Ethiopia.But people mostly go to Gonder to celebrate Timket at Fassil castle.