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Entoto Maryam Church

Entoto Maryam Church/ Entoto St. Marry Zion/ church is one of the oldest church in the suburb of Addis Ababa which was founded by 1877/1885. The church is considered to be the crown of Entoto Mountain and has a best vantage point of Addis Ababa. The church octagonal in shape is an attractive to watch. The exterior part is decorated with pastel railing painted glass panels and wooden curving in a patterns cut crosses. The entire wall is constructed from chiseled stone. The interior of the church is arranged into three-fold division of concentric chamber. There is a museum right next to the church where some of the personal belongings of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu are displayed for visitors to see. Some of the historical items include traditional clothes, crowns of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu, their royal bed, different jewels owned by the royal family, and a mirror presented as a gift from Queen Victoria to Empress Taitu of Ethiopia. Apart from the museum, this place is also home to the old palace of Emperor Menilik and the first eucalyptus tree in Ethiopia which was brought from Australia.