Visit The old City of Axum
Visit Historic Routes of Ethiopia
Explore Churches in Tigray: Yeha Temple, Axum, Lioness of Gobedra, Abba Pantaleon, Abba Ubanos, the Monastery of Abba Garima at Madera, Dabra Damo Monastery, Abuna Yemata Guh, Maryam Korkor, Dugem Selassie, Debre Tsion, Abuna Abraham, Yohannis Maikudi, Michael Minda’e, Abraha We Atsbeha, Adi Chewa Arbuta Insesa, Petros & Paulos, Michael Melehayzenghi, Medhane Alem Adi Kasho, Al Nejashi Mosque, Wukro Cherkos, Mikael Barka, Mikael Imba, Mikael Debre Selam….
Axum, Ethiopia's most ancient city and capital of the historic Axumite kingdom – once one of the four kingdoms of the world, is the site of many remarkable monolithic stone obelisks, legends and birth place of Ethiopia.
There are three most important being decorated to represent multi-storied buildings, complete with doors and windows. The largest obelisk, which was 35 meters long and weighed 500 tons, is the biggest piece of stone ever cut by humanity anywhere in the world but today it lies broken on the ground. Near it stands a smaller but nevertheless most impressive 24m high obelisk - the pride of Ethiopia. A somewhat larger obelisk was taken to Rome, on the orders of the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, in 1937, and came back to Axum recently, re-erected on which it was. Axum, in its glory days, was a great commercial centre, issuing its own currency and trading with Egypt, Arabia, Persia, India & Israel.
Queen Makeda (Queen of Sheba)
Axum was home to the Queen Makeda, widely known as Queen of Sheba whose ruined palace and bathing pool can still be found in and near the town.