A Mountain overlooking a wide area of lowland,
Entoto was primarily the temporary settlement Menelik II chose for
security reasons. It is still a very important criteria in selecting
a place to establish a Royal Palace.
But later on Empress Taitu, the wife of
Menelik II, attracted by the hot water springs down in Finfine (Addis
Ababa) constructed a small residence (palace) with permission from
King Menelik. In the year 1886-87 developed the area to be Addis Ababa.
The King approved it to be the capital city of Ethiopia later on and
moved his residence there and the higher officials followed.
The church was built in 1882 by Emperor Menelik for his wife Empress
Taitu. Their coronation took place in this church in 1889. The interior
is decorated with mural paintings depicting the saints and angels