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The coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie was filled with Christian symbolism and attended by dignitaries from around the world.
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Haile Selassie’s father, Ras Makonnen, was royal but not a ruler. This photo was taken when he represented Ethiopia at the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.
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Much of the Ethiopian ruling dynasty’s prestige was due to their descent from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. We don’t know what those ancient royals really looked like, but the Dutch artist Nicolaes Knupfer was almost certainly wrong.
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The Lion of Judah – holding a cross – features prominently on the old imperial standard of Ethiopia.
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The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, completed in 1944, was part of Haile Selassie’s church-building program. This one commemorates those who died fighting for liberation from Italy.
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Created in the 1930s when Haile Selassie was in exile, this sculpture sat in a Wimbledon park until it was smashed to pieces last month. It is now being restored.
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Haile Selassie appeared on the cover of the November 3,1930 edition of Time Magazine.