built in 1941 to commemorate the liberation of Ethiopia from occupying Italian forces, the Holy Trinity Church is one of the most attractive sights in Addis. Adorned with figures of angels and gargoyles, the exterior of the church is very much reminiscent of gothic European style of building. The southern end of the cathedral is lined with the graves of patriots who died fighting the invaders, including those of British officers who also took part in expelling the fascists.
Inside, the opulently decorated walls and ceilings give an air of grandeur to the church, which many believe is the most important place of Christian worship in the country, rivaled only by the church of Axum Tsion, which purportedly houses the Ark of the Covenant. The tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife Empress Menen, made out of solid granite and carved in the Axumite style, are also housed inside the church.