The Mausoleum of Menelik II

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The Mausoleum of Menelik II

The Mausoleum of Menelik II
4.5
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Niger Street & Itega Menen Saint Gabriel Cathedral, Addis Ababa 1000 Ethiopia

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Robert S
Westbury, NY768 contributions
Jan. 2020
Menelik II was a highly significant emperor in Ethiopian history. Under his leadership the Ethiopians defeated the invading Italians at the Battle of Adwa in 1895. His namesake, Menelik I was the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and is believed by Ethiopians to have brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments from Jerusalem to Axum (Ethiopia). Ethiopians believe it is still there. Inside, the artwork depicts important events in Ethiopian history. Unexpectedly, a group of giant tortoises reside in the immediate vicinity.
Written 8 March 2020
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Ralph D
Calgary, Canada288 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Business
Been there a number of times to see the great history of Ethiopia. Many great leaders are buried there. Recently I attended the funeral of late President Girma Woldegiorgis, a great tribute to a great man. What an incredible venue and treasure for Ethiopia.
Written 18 February 2019
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meg0210
Geneva, Switzerland25 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Solo
I tried to visit the mausoleum in an afternoon. At the entrance of the lane leading to the place, a guard told my driver that I could not carry a camera, but smart phone was allowed. I promised not to take any photos, but it did not convince him. He told me either to let the camera in the car or with him. Obviously those are not solutions to me, as my camera is brand new and has stored thousands of my precious photos. Finally I left the place without visiting.
My driver told me that last week other tourists were allowed to enter even with cameras.
I feel very puzzled because of this inconsistent policy. Why camera is not allowed but mobile phone is? If camera is not allowed, there should be proper lockers or facilities to store it, but not just giving it to the guard without any proof.
I also feel very disappointed that the tourist facilities are not keeping up with the increasing number of tourists. I have the impression that the government does not care much about tourists.
Written 6 January 2019
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Jemal C
Baltimore, MD68 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Business
I have been on a few occasions but actually only entered the Mausoleum once during a Holy Day on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Calendar . It is a majestic space, worthy of the tomb it houses. During the week it is a beautiful, quite place where one can go to pray and meditate or simply have a few quite moments regardless of your religious persuasion. The adjacent churches are worth exploring as well as the entire complex houses some of the most significant places of worship in the Ethiopian Orthodox faith.
Written 31 December 2018
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Captainkirk-of-bc
Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada156 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Friends
Timing of your visit is important. Dont still be there when they start a service as they are likely to lock you in for the duration. The tombs are intersting and some of the paintings excellent
Written 21 October 2018
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PETER N
28 contributions
Dec. 2017
Ethiopia has an amazing history many cultures and monuments , this is but 1 of many , but an inportant one.
Written 2 October 2018
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Martin Z
Switzerland2,088 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
It is the sanctuary of Emperor Menelik II. (1844-1913) as well as his wife and daughters, and other Ethiopian dignitaries. Menelik II, emperor of Abyssinia from 1889-1910 is credited with the countries modernization, such as trains, electricity, telephone, and other successes. Menelik ll. is considered the founder of Addis Ababa (translated 'new flower') in 1887 in the foothills of the Entoto mountains at about 2,400 m altitude. Addis Ababa became an important administrative centre not only for Ethiopia but for Africa as a whole, and is reportedly the 3rd-highest capital worldwide. The Mausoleum was inaugurated in 1920 by Empress Zewditu. Nowadays, the mausoleum serves also as a church and visitors can get access to the crypt with the marble tombs, paintings, and other artefacts in memory of the late Emperor. The building is surrounded by a beautiful garden with old trees and plants, and visitors find as well benches to seat and rest after the roughly 15 minutes’ walk from the main road via its quite steep foot path.
Written 16 May 2018
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Ripwalk
Elkhart, IN657 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
It's a beautiful cathedral with very hospitable people who opened it up just for me. Is this Michelangelo real? In any case, it's a must visit.
Written 10 May 2018
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alaskalodge
20 contributions
Jan. 2018 • Family
Menelik figures into Ethiopian history in the church areas and this sort of tied it all together. He is part of the lore of this wonderful nation and it seemed to be a very well kept up place to honor him.
Written 16 February 2018
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Egpos
Kilkenny74 contributions
Nov. 2017 • Couples
The mausoleum of Menelick !! and other Royal family members is in the crypt of a fully functioning church in a hilltop overlookng Addis. It was a most enjoyable visit. The painting and decorations were excellent and the Church itself was a joy to behold. There was a Service in progress when we arrived which added to the occasion .
Written 17 December 2017
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