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Of all the cities on the ‘Historical Route’ of Ethiopia, Axum is the most overlooked. It shouldn’t be. What other city is home to the following?
• The Arc of the Covenant/original 10 Commandments
• The Queen of Sheba
• The golden crowns of Ethiopian Emperors
• The traditional city for all Coronations
• Massive Stelae over 200 years old
• Tombs of Kings
The other nice thing is that Axum is flat, easy to explore and has a relaxed atmosphere. It would be a great town to see just to get away for a few days.
Axum started as an ancient empire that started as early as 400BC. It was a land and naval power which traded across the Middle East and East Africa. Each king built higher stelae to symbolise their power. These also served as places for sacrifice with the holes to drain away the blood still present. The tallest now standing in 82 feet high. Legend has it that they tried to go too high and the last built crumbled meaning the end of the old religion. This would have had the effect of ending the magic around them and the King. King Ezana converted to Christianity around 300AD and his obelisk is the 2nd highest still upright.
The Queen of Sheba was born here (you can see here Palace) and travelled to Israel to marry King Solomon. Their son, Emperor Menelik, retuned as the first Emperor with the Arc of the Covenant. Axum is considered the first city founded in Ethiopia and is the holiest city for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.
You can see all the main sites in 1 day with a guide who will not cost a lot. There is an amazing amount of history to see here.
Ethiopian Airlines is the quickest way here and back and they have an office in town.
566.67km (352 miles) North of Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines or 2 days by bus)
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