Aksum (or Axum)

Aksum (or Axum)

Description

Located in Northern Ethiopia, this city of some 50,000 population is one of the religious centers of the Ethiopian Orthodox church. The large Axumites’ obelisks, marking the burial ground of monarchs ruling this ancient kingdom, are listed among the largest monoliths every cut by man.

On the road to discovering sacred heritage

Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Aksum is a tremendous archaeological site where you can admire the famous Aksum obelisks. Former capital of the Aksumite empire (from the 1st through 12th centuries AD), this sites, some of which rise nearly 35 meters high, are perched on the tombs of kings who reined over the Aksum Kingdom.

Aksum: A mythical city

Walk in the footsteps of the Queen of Saba, who according to the Kebra Nagast, i.e. the most important text in Ethiopian tradition, would have met the King Solomon and bore him a son. Perhaps you’ll have the immense privilege to contemplate the tabernacles. Aksum would apparently house the Ark of the Covenant, inside the Sainte-Marie-de-Sion church.

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