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The oldest church in Addis Ababa

Kidus Raguel Church is found on the Entoto Hills about 2.5 km from Entoto St. Mary Church. It is the oldest church in Addis Ababa founded by Emperor Menelik II, the founder of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Muluken G
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kidus Raguel Church is found on the Entoto Hills about 2.5 km from Entoto St. Mary Church. It is the oldest church in Addis Ababa founded by Emperor Menelik II, the founder of Addis Ababa, about 140 years ago. It is an ideal church for visitors who want to see a typical Ethiopian Orthodox Christians painting art in Addis Ababa... More 

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Earth and Beyond
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a somewhat less mainstream attraction in Addis, which makes it really attractive! Its a traditional octagonal shaped Ethiopian church building. The interior houses magnificent floor to ceiling paintings depicting the gospel. There is also an old "cave" church on the property that can be visited. I believe that with the exception of active church services, the building is... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

the ascent Ethiopian orthodox tewahdo church. the design and the material that made from is very fabulous.

Thank Israel M
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I have visited this church last week.One can visit this incredible church by one day combining Entoto Mariam Church.The church has long history and has many iconography but need arrangements. The panoramic view is incredible for Addis Ababa.

Thank 524trip
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I have been to this place in ETHIOPIAN new year and September 11, 2016. The arc of the covenant blessing the people in this date, once in a year and it was raining but i just can say that:It is a GOD Well...i have been such a great place, nice church surrounded by threes ... Everyone should see this place.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

A must visit while visiting Entoto hill. There is an entry fee of 100 birr and makes it worthwhile to use a guide. My guide was John and was happy at a tip of 50 birr. The church is 135 years old and like all traditional Ethiopian churches is Octagonal in shape and two levels. Octagonal shape is in honour... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Just 2 kilometers up the road from Menelik's palace and Entoto Miryam, this octagonally shaped wooden church (which is no longer in use as a church) has an incredible set of icons. Keep your eye out for the last supper! No flash photography, dark and dingy, but worth the effort. Visit the museum as well, and don't miss the church... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful church and calm surroundings on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Theres also a nearby church carved into a rock. Worth a quick visit.

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Reviewed 21 June 2016

St. Raguel Ethiopian Orthodox Church was built in the 1880s by Emperor Menelik II. It has the classic hexagonal shaped architecture of many Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Inside you will find beautiful paintings which are centuries old.

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Danville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

This unique octagonal church named for an archangel was built around 1880 by Menelik II, whose palace is nearby. Behind the church is a cave from four centuries earlier (time of King Dawit) with rock-hewn sections for early worshippers. The house museum on the site contains interesting artifacts from Menelik's time. But the amazing discovery here is the marvelous religious... More 

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