Axum or Aksum (Tigrinya: ኣኽሱም Ak̠ʷsəm, Amharic: አክሱም Ak̠sum) is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. The town has a population of 56,500 residents (2010) and is governed as an urban wäräda.
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The remains of once powerful royal capital contain impressive tombs and stelae.
There are many guides to chose from, but we were glad we chose "Zeray" (zeraytheaxu[email protected]) as he never disappointed us.
He maximized our time each day, meeting us at the airport, and then starting our tour driving out of town through outstanding countryside to visit the 2600 year old church in Yeha, and much more.
We then drove back into town, checked into our hotel and proceeded to see the sites in Axum.
Zeray was able to make the history of each site come alive for us, his information was precise and interesting. He kept us moving and we were able to see all the sites we wanted to by days end.
4 hours was enough to see Axum's historical sites.Combined with the drive through the extraordinary countryside made it a great day. Zeray, thanks for making the day so special.
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After visiting the Lion of Gobedra, the ruins of legendary Queen Makda's palace, and we moved to the Stele Field where heard heard and learned a lot about the pre-Christian Ethiopia. We had also a chance to visit one of Ethiopia's sacred places, Aksum Tsion Church (the new one built by Empreor Hailessilassie), and the older one by Gonderian king, Fasiledes, in the 17th century
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Look across from the field of stellae and this church dominates the skyline. It,s big and not very beautiful but its significance is its position, right in front of the chapel said to contain the arc of the covenant. As the builder of the new St Mary of Zion, Haillie Selassi (or his wife) isn't always appreciated in his own country. Some say, shrugging their shoulders, that its the wrong building in the wrong place. You pay of course to enter, and the priest unlocks the door, and you leave your shoes behind. It's modern, light and airy and its size is definitely useful when the pilgrims flock here. We were shown the holy book by the priest and its brightly coloured paintings, the words and pictures being inscribed on the skin of a goat as we have seen elsewhere.
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Ethiopia really needs to find an understanding of what it means to curate cultural objects.....this stele is housed in a crumbling mud brick building and it's set in cement.....come on guys....this deserves a real building or at least housing in a proper museum......and get it out of the concrete and located so people can't touch it anymore.....this is your cultural heritage! We still though it worth a stop.
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This church is rumored to be the hiding place of the biblical "Lost Ark."
Four main sites you see there:
1. The New church built by Haile Selassie: This is not an impressive imitation of Hagia Sophia of Constantinople, now Istanbul since the Turkish occupation of these lands. The mosaics of Hagia Sophia are being replaced by new paintings in the traditional Ethiopic fashion. The separate tower has no class. Though I am a fan of Haile Selassie, yet I was disappointed by his creation. Yet when you visit Hagia Sophia, that was turned to a mosque after the invasion, then Ataturk changed it to a museum for Erdogan to turned again to a mosque, yet you can see and feel the magnificence of the old Cathedral church and its mosaics.
2. The Monastery: where no women are allowed in memory of the chieftainess Gudit who destroyed and ravished the land. Inside, you see and feel the old traditionalist atmosphere of the typical Ethiopian church.
3. The very old church ruins which are overgrown by weeds and grass,
4. The relatively newish small churches the one which housed and the one which houses the "Ark of Covenant".
Great discussions and disputes can ensue if you argue the merit of the very deep entrenched believe of the locals, and all Ethiopians, that the real Ark is housed in Aksum. For those who want to delve more into this the best available source is the book by Graham Hancock: "The Sign and the Seal". Though I admire Graham efforts and research as presented in the book, However, I disagree with parts and with some conclusions. Just a warning: it is a very sensitive subject to the Ethiopians.
You can not be to Ethiopia and not visit this site!
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Ok so the Arc is supposed to be inside but I wouldn't really call it a great attraction. You see it as you go into the monastery (sorry girls !) but you wouldn't travel around the world to see it.
Axum is an amazing place and really it is the culture and history that you are here for and not particularly the home of the Arc. It's an interesting story though.
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But is it really the Queen of Sheba's palace? We toured this site with a guide; it is a short drive outside of the town of Aksum, and takes less than half an hour to tour. The site consists of thick-stone-walled rooms of an interesting layered construction (a mix of rubble, ashlar, and horizontal slates). One room, which our guide told us was the throne room, is clearly prominent with large steps from an outer court. There is also a brick oven in what was clearly the kitchen area, and a room with a floor drain that the guide said was the queen's shower. In several places there are stone scuppers for drainage. It is nice to stand on the stone dias and imagine you are standing where the Queen of Sheba herself once stood. However, a model of the site that we came across at the national museum states the building dates from around 600 - 700 AD. Either way, it makes for an interesting excursion!
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This entrance to this church is behind St Mary's. Same entrance ticket. We were enchanted. Lovely place. Lovely murals as well. We very much liked!
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