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Saint Mary of Zion

It is one of the best locations in Aksum a visitor must take time. The newest church was built by... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
Addis Ababa
Good example of a modern Orthodox church and paintings

St Mary of Zion is spacious and filled with bright, colorful paintings. Some are familiar to... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2018
terry c
Defiance, Ohio
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This church is rumored to be the hiding place of the biblical "Lost Ark."
Axum, Ethiopia
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

It is one of the best locations in Aksum a visitor must take time. The newest church was built by Emperor Hailesillassie but the Ark of the Covenant is believed to be hosted in the church built by Fasiledes.

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

St Mary of Zion is spacious and filled with bright, colorful paintings. Some are familiar to Christians as they tell parts of the Biblical story and were meant to educate the illiterate. Others, however, are not so obvious, such as the picture depicting the bringing...More

Thank terry c
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Daro Piassa is an other tree where people passing by prefer to sit to cool down from the Sun.Now a days you can see when locals sell traditional coffee,Belles/seasonal fruit/,shoe mainding shop,and there is colourful basket sell every saturday.It is used to be bus station...More

Thank Martha M
Reviewed May 17, 2017

This blessed, holy church built by Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen deserves all the investment it can get. The spiritual aspect of Axum must be reserved. I loved it so much I was baptised here.

1  Thank Felicity I
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

The church was built 1965 . Modern style . Very important holly place . Here it is believed the arc of covenants is kept . The messiah will come to Axum or to Jerusalem. Very recommended to visit

2  Thank Gidons51
Reviewed November 9, 2016

I conduct a tour to the Northern Historic route of Ethiopia. Always when I traveled to Axum I am so surprised I see one new thing. In my last month travel I saw the morning celebration for 7 days in every month. It is the...More

1  Thank Finot Tour Ethi... E
Reviewed July 20, 2016

Aksum itself was one of the nicest towns we went to in Ethiopia, and St Mary of Zion church was the highlight. The church has very friendly, useful guides and lacks the hasslers some other Ethiopian attractions can have.

1  Thank Clunnon207
Reviewed April 25, 2016

How many us know the arch of covenant is reside here ? St Mary of Zion history connects Ethiopian monarchical and religious identities with Israelite. anyways never miss it .

1  Thank Esubalew A
Reviewed March 7, 2016

The cathedral is newish (1960s I think). The little church that they claim holds the ark of the covenant, is not open to anyone but a single priest. Another old church in the same area is open only to men - some interesting paintings, but...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed January 10, 2016

The cathedral offers a good insight into Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. There is an interesting little museum, and the chapel that Ethiopians believe holds the Ark of the Covenant, within the same compound.

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