Our newest addition to our collection of trips is a 1 day Explore Addis Abeba where you get to hit many of the highlights in a personalized one day experience.
We will customize to your vacation desires but some recommended sites include The Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the Ethnological Museum.
The Holty Trinity Cathedral complex is the final resting place of the Emperor Haile Selassie, designed in a traditional Georgian style but with a greater vertical emphasis and topped with a gilded gold cross. The Cathedral has a traditional cruciform floor plan with a magnificent dome over a crossing resting on columns. At the same time, the dome is independent from the apses, imparting a more monumental look to the dome and the church in general. Other facilities include a primary and a secondary school, a monastery and the Holy Trinity Theological College, a museum and monuments housing the remains of those massacred in Addis Ababa by the Italians in 1937 in response to an assassination attempt against the Fascist Viceroy of Italian East Africa.
Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of Addis Ababa University’s main campus is the enthralling Ethnological Museum. Even if you’re not normally a museum fan, this one is worth a bit of your time – it’s easily one of the finest museums in Africa. The museum is design to tell the story of Ethiopias people and culture as you move through it. We begin on the 1st floor, where superb artifacts and handicrafts from Ethiopia’s peoples are distinctively displayed. Instead of following the typical layout of many museums, these displays are based upon the life cycle. First comes Childhood, with birth, games, rites of passage and traditional tales. Then moving onto adulthood and into beliefs, nomadism, traditional medicine, war, pilgrimages, hunting, body culture and handicrafts. The last topic is Death and Beyond, with burial structures, stelae and tombs. The exhibition gives a great insight into Ethiopia’s many rich cultures. By the end your really feel like you have an understanding of the people that make up Ethiopia.
The 2nd floor plays home to two different, but equally marvelous displays. The first hall focuses on religious art, with an exceptional series of diptychs, triptychs, icons, crosses and magic scrolls. Magic scrolls, like the Roman lead scrolls, were used to cast curses on people or to appeal to the gods for divine assistance. The museums collection of icons is the largest and most representative in the world.
All of this is set in Addis Ababa University where you can stoll though its many fountains and wonderful gardens full of local flora.
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is a delightful place to explore and we look forward to showing it to you with an intimacy you can only get from a local guide. It is a city of surprises filled with diversity. Located at the foothills of Entoto Mountains, Addis Ababa rambles pleasantly across many hillsides and gullies cut through with sparkling streams. Should you want to explore further Addis Abeba is located in the geographic center of Ethiopia, making it ideally suited for excursions to all parts of this unique and beautiful country.