We walked with our guide towards the Menelik Mausoleum. Whenever I am in a new city, I like to go on long walks (or runs if possible) because you see so much more of the daily lives of its inhabitants- you get to hear the conversations, smell what's for lunch, and feel the energy of the pedestrians. Today we went through neighborhoods I never would have experienced without a local guide. Addis Ababa on foot looks so different than through the windows of a taxi.
If you look to the left, the building with the reddish roof is the Sheraton, owned by Sheik M. Hussein Al-Amoudi (a Saudi oil billionaire with an Ethiopian mother and Yemeni father). He owns a tall skyscraper that you can't see in this picture, but is to the left of the Sheraton- actually he owns a lot of businesses in Ethiopia.
I wish I would have understood more of our guide, but from the 25% or so I captured, these are the tombs of Emperor Menelik II and his family: his wife, Empress Taitu and his daughter, Empress Zewditu. Menelik II was the emperor 1889 until he died 12 December 1913. He is known for "modernizing" Ethiopia by expanding roads, developing telecommunications, founding the first bank (Bank of Abyssinia), first mail service, and he was reigning when the Ethiopians beat the Italians at the Battle of Adwa.
This church was right across the courtyard: