Abune Petros Monument
City: Addis Ababa
Petros was one of the first four Ethiopian archbishops anointed by the Alexandria Coptic Church patriarch. He was the archbishop of Wello province diocese.
In 1936, the Italian invading army annexed much part of Ethiopia. It is at this time that Abune Petros went to an area called Menze in North Shoa district and joined the patriots led by children of Ras Kassa. His aim was to formulate a plan to reverse the blatant aggression of the Italian army. However, without realizing his dreams he was captured in 1937.
Due to his staunch resistance to accept Italian hegemony, he was ordered to be killed. Few minutes before his execution, Abune Petros, decorated with his ceremonial vestments and handcuffed, gave a sermon to the laity, gathered to witness his execution, urging them not to succumb to the invaders.
Abune Petros was executed singing the national anthem of Ethiopia in the presence of many people. This statue was erected in his honor. You find the monument along the road that heads from Menelik monument towards Merkato, the largest open-air market place in Africa. To the left side of the statue, you find the City Hall and the former Ethiopian Radio Station (the present Mass Media Training Institute) to the right.
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