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The main building
Debre Damo is a remote orthodox monastery located some kilometres away from Aksum.
The temple (see people behind to realize size)
Yeha is an archeological site not far from Aksum. You can get there on a daytrip and, although most people go with tour agencies or in private cars, you can reach it by public bus if you stop at the road junction and hitchike the following 4-5 kilometres till Yeha.
There are 2 things to see: an anodine orthodox monastery and the ruins of a temple (see pic). This ancient temple is one of the most mysterious places in Ethiopia. It's a huge square building (only the walls remain) built in the middle of nothing (no other building or ruin around) by an unknown people. It is believed to have been built by arab architects coming from Yemen, but it's very little known of its origins. Is one of the oldest temples in Ethiopia.
The church from outside
This is the other main attraction of the city, specially for religious people. Apart from being a pilgrimage place for ethiopian orthodoxs, this is the place where the ethiopians assure the Ark of the Covenants is kept, since it was brought here to keep it safe after the destruction of Salomon Temple in Jerusalem. Belive it or not, you can't check it, as entrance to the holy building where the ark is kept is forbidden and images of it are not allowed.
The entrance to the place is rather expensive, and there is really not much to see inside. The old church is nice, but nothing compared with Gonder's Debre Selassie church. And the nodern church, built in the times of Haile Selassie, is nothing special.
Anyway, there is a back door which, in theory, is not open to the tourists, just to pilgrims (free entrance of course), but if there is nobody around you can enter and have a quick look around... if you know what I mean :-)
A general view
Probably the main attraction in Aksum are the Stellae Fields, specially the North Field, the one next to St. Mary of Zion Church. This huge monolithic stones are in fact funerery monuments, erected by ancient kings who wnated to be remembered. There are about 10-12 monoliths in this area. These gian obelisks were built in the early times of the kingdom, around 1700 years ago.
The place is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Directions: At the end of the long avenue passing the tourist info,
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