Perhaps I am misunderstanding the way in which HTTP over SSL works, but I was interested in whether the addresses visited by a browser via HTTPS are themselves encrypted? This is not only in terms of sniffing browsing patterns (though there are of course other ways to do this), but in particular, information sent using HTTP GET method (as this information is appended in the browser address bar).
Mostly - not the domain name
For https, the domain name part is sent unencrypted (since it may be needed to direct the request to different host / different https certificate), but the rest of the URL (e.g. the "/questions/141958/does-https-encrypt-browser-address-history" part of this question "Does HTTPS encrypt visited URL?") is encrypted in transit.
Naturally, https affects only the network part, and the url is still available in plaintext for your browser (including the address history) and the server.