The cathedral was built in 1896 as a token of thanks to St. George, whose relic was carried into battle against invading Italians at the Battle of Adwa. The Ethiopians won, marking the only time an African army defeated Europeans in a major encounter.
Religious - Christianity
In 1930 this church was the site of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie, who is the focus of Rastafarian devotion and also known as King of Kings, Elect of God, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The church is a place of pilgrimage for Rastafarians.