The stunning Museum of St George Cathedral

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For some travelers, churches conjure up images of quirky galleries. One with such collection and more is the historical church of St George Cathedral a must for any visitor in Ethiopia. Jumia Travel, Africa’s leading online hotel booking company, shares its fascinating experiences and review inviting you for unforgettable treasured experience.  The church exhibits some of the country’s most diverse art collections. But it’s not just the collections that are magnificent; there is also acclaimed architecture and some of the most breathtaking vistas in the heart of Addis Ababa awe-inspiring visitors of all ages.


Built by Emperor Menelik II to commemorate the 1896 victory against Italy in Adwa, in Tigray regional state; the church was completed in 1911 with the help of artists from Greek, Armenia and India. The famous architecture was described in 1938 in an Italian tourist publication as a fine illustration of the European interpretation of Ethiopian church design. It remains to be the celebrated historical church hosting pilgrimages from locals and Jamaican Rastafarians for religious and historical rituals respectively.

Whether you are a history buff, a lover of fine art, or you just want to spend a day inside ancient church while learning glories history, St George Cathedral is definitely a museum for you. It includes some of the most sophisticated and high end museums in the country. The museum mounts major historical artifacts from ancient times displaying dazzling collections of shimmering antiques.

Both Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie were crowned at this historical church. This over a century prayer place has artistic grey stone exterior and colorful interior that reflects the color of the paintings. Sections of ceiling glow sky-blue and golden stars, while the outer walls of the church are covered in glass paintings and mosaics by artists such as the late Honorable Laureate Maitre Artiste Afewerk Tekle. Next to the church there is a museum which is well presented and contains the best collection of ecclesiastical paraphernalia including royal crowns, crosses, prayer sticks, holy scrolls, carpets, ceremonial umbrellas and the coronation garb of Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie.

Anyone with an interest in interiors or design will be charmed by St George Cathedral. The museum takes you back and forth to 18th century and to the present day. The greener gardens repeat the process so there is even more to discover outdoors. Beautiful and tranquil, the garden lays in the church of St George Cathedral, with the surging past its door. The refreshing colorful green garden displays further charm to the place.


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