Built in 1840 by Haile Melekot, Menelik's father. Menelik was crowned King in this church in 1865 and was also married to Itegue Taytu here . Medhane Alem Church was burned down during the Italian occupation, apparently after a bolt of lightening struck Italian soldiers who were smoking and drinking inside the church. Three Italians died in the flames, The three trees, still standing near the ruins, mark their burial place. There is a small museum in the compound that houses lots of treasures is worthy of a visit.