Entoto Maryam Church

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The Entoto Maryam Church, also known as the Entoto St. Marry Zion Church, is one of the oldest churches in the Addis Ababa suburb and was established between 1877 and 1885.

It is said that the church sits atop the crown of Entoto Mountain, and its location atop the mountain provides the best view of Addis Ababa.


Observe the marvel of architecture in its structure:

The church, shaped like an octagon, is pleasing to the eye.

A pastel railing, painted glass panels, and wooden curving in patterns cut into crosses adorn the exterior portion of the building.

The stone that has been chiseled into different shapes makes up the entirety of the wall.

The church's interior is divided into three equal parts, each containing a concentric chamber.

Browse the collection of valuable objects:

There is a museum conveniently located right next to the church. Inside it are some of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu's personal belongings displayed for visitors.

Traditional garments, the crowns of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu, their royal bed, various jewels owned by the royal family, and a mirror that was a gift from Queen Victoria to Empress Taitu of Ethiopia are some of the historical items on display.

In addition to the museum, you'll find the old palace that Emperor Menilik once inhabited here and the first eucalyptus tree that was imported to Ethiopia from Australia.

Click photographs of the bounty of nature that surround the place:

Please bring your camera because the location offers beautiful views of the city and its landscape.

The picturesque location of the historic Entoto Maryam Church, which was built in 1877, is characterized by the presence of eucalyptus trees that were brought from Australia.

Note: It is unfortunate that, for a church of such historical significance, you can only catch a glimpse of the interior during Sunday Mass.

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Address of Entoto Maryam Church

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Opening & Closing time of Entoto Maryam Church

  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Tuesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Wednesday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Friday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Saturday
    Open 24 Hours
  • Sunday
    Open 24 Hours