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Axum Churches and Archaeological Sites

The ancient Book of Kings states that way back in the 10th Century BC the fabled Queen of Sheba and King Solomon lived in Axum and it was their son Menelik that brought the Ark of the Covenant there.

Axum was Ethiopia's first city and the capital during the Axumite reign. It was a crucial connection between Africa and Asia for over a millennium.

Today you can visit ancient stelae, an interesting museum and the church of Tsion Maryam which holds the crowns of ancient Kings. (Entrance to the church is forbidden to women).

Why do the Axum Churches and Archaeological Sites?

Axum is still the holiest city of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

 

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