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Impressive church architecture

It is an impressive, breath-taking masterpiece of church architecture and a ‘must to see' when... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
Martin Z
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Switzerland
Largest Orthodox Church

The Medhane Alem Cathedral is the largest Ethiopian Orthodox church in Addis Ababa(and Africa) and... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
hoosainnarker
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“saviour” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Cameroon Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

It is an impressive, breath-taking masterpiece of church architecture and a ‘must to see' when visiting Addis Ababa. The Medhane Alem Cathedral is according to the history the second biggest of its kind on the Africa continent, the largest being apparently the “Basilique Notre-Dame de...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

The Medhane Alem Cathedral is the largest Ethiopian Orthodox church in Addis Ababa(and Africa) and the second largest church in Africa. It is situated in Bole in the heart of the shopping area. It is a huge complex with a primary school on its premises....More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a very special, very beautiful church, it's absolutely stunning. The paintings inside are astonishing and the stations of the cross on the outside are beautiful. A couple of warnings, there are a lot of beggars and husslers outside the church and a friend...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Quite a claim in the name of the church: not just savior of the believers, but of the whole world. It is quite a modern building with a main hall like in Christian churches elsewhere in the world. The structure is not tall. Just two...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

If you are into churches than dont miss this ...the architecture, colors and of course if you are history buff like me than you have to visit this place. Medhane Alem Cathedral, whose name means “Saviour of the World”, is an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo cathedral...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Often busy with worshippers spending time within the walls beautiful religious mosaics on the church eternal walls. Services held in the open air around 6pm in the evening

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The cathedral is interesting from the outside. I decided against going inside when I was stopped and asked to pay 100 BIRR to take my camera inside.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

“Medhane Alem Orthodox cathedral(Saviour of the World)” situated in Bole Medhanealam is the second largest church in the continent of Africa.The Church is magnificient with its large domes with the church building painted in white and yellow.Beautiful gardens form the bounday of this palatial cxhurch...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Nice modern church with an interesting garden and welcoming large grounds. On the outside you find restaurants and shops.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

So anyway, I arrived there and I started to shout at my family, a very bad sign indeed for we had come there to find and experience some rest from the big city, of which the cathedral still is a part by the way but...More

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