Friday, June 25, 2010

King Menelik, palace and church

This is King Menelik's palace dating from 1883. The inside was moldy and they are in the process of redoing the grass roof. The compound was surprisingly small, while the church was incredibly large. There were rooms for the women to sleep apart from the men and servants slept in a totally separate hut.

This is the octaganol Orthodox church in Menelik's palace compound. Mass has just finished when we arrived but women were inside ululating and it was very beautiful to hear.

Tower next to Menelik's church. We couldn't go inside this for some reason and when I asked what was inside, the church guide said, "nothing."

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