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Menilik II Mausoleum

This magnificent piece of architecture was built in 1913 to house the elaborated marble tombs of Emperor Menelik II (1844-1913). An active church, the mausoleum is also the final resting place of Empress Taitou (1851-1918), Menelik II?s wife, and Empress Zauditu (1876-1930), who ruled Ethiopia after her father?s death.

Still in use as a church, the mausoleum temporarily held the remains of Emperor Haile Selassie after they were recovered in 1990 and Princess Tsehai Haile Selassie. High up on the hill that overlooks the city, two lion statues guard each entrance to the mausoleum.