Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal

Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal

Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal
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Gerard O
Weymouth, UK679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited here and were delighted by the fact that it was peaceful, quiet, no other tourists and yet it was in the middle of the tourist season.
It was lovely to be able to quietly walk around the tombs go down into the passageways ourselves not be hassled by any potential tour guides.

Views over the surrounding valleys and hills are beautiful-
it's definitely worth visiting here.

You do have to purchase a ticket in the town for what they called the park area 300 Birr per person covers a wide area around the town including many of the archaeological and museum sites
Written February 18, 2020
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snowythepyro
London, UK471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited these structures after a hike up to Abbe Liqanos monastery, with good views over Axum. Worth the short drive out of Axum.
Written October 30, 2020
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Nona C
Brier, WA95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The ruins are interesting, but without our excellent guide, Yalew Tafete, we would not have known at what we were looking. There are really no signs or explanations. Our guidebook did provide some information.
Written September 29, 2015
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
The tombs of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel are located on a hill a couple kilometers from the main drag in Axum. I visited them during a day-long tour of the Axum archeological sites during a very hot afternoon. These tombs were excavated in the late 19th Century with their selling point being the pristine condition of both burial vaults along with the craftsmanship of the stones used in construction. Both tombs were at first glance similar to the ones I saw at the stellae field in town but my guide pointed out that there are no metal rivets used in their creation; like the Incas the Axum engineers assembled the stones freely (ie “African legos”) without cement or glue. Other distinguishing features include the three sarcophagi in the Gebre Meskel tomb along with a nice photo opportunity of the stairs leading to them as seen from below. There is no signage here that I remember and a visit here is very much dependent on a good guide. I don’t think it’s worth it just to make the trip here for this alone; as with King Ezana’s inscription this is best viewed in the context of the archeological finds of Axum as a whole. Both tombs merit maybe a twenty minute stop at best.
Written April 11, 2014
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ThreeDugongs
Brisbane, Australia314 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Two damp dark holes, with non working lights. You can go, or you can give it a miss, either works. Not really worth it.
Written July 3, 2019
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
The excavations are continuing and recently a well with a tunnel have been unearthed. It will be interesting in a few years as more is uncovered.
It was really windy and dusty the day we visited. Lovely view of the Adwa Mountains.
Written January 4, 2019
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Zezekhalil
Kuwait City, Kuwait175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This resturant is amazing great food great place we loved it the food taste yummmmmy smells good too , me and my kids are very picky but this time they loved everything food for four people with 3 starter dishes and 1 kids meal 3 adults meals around 94$ it’s worth it . Thank you all
Written August 24, 2018
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Ilse020
Kigali, Rwanda142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
These tombs are situated away from the hustle and bustle of the town. It is important to have a good guide(book) to help you here to explain what it is that you see. You will see a lot of stones and rubble, but the tombs are amazingly built and each have their own interesting story.
Written April 27, 2018
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
The tomb was discovered under the building of kings Kaleb palace . Not excavated in full yet . Legend tells his bones lie in a rock with no opening . Interesting .very nice view from the hill .
Written December 18, 2016
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7promiseland
Birmingham, AL81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
History. Guide Haile Demewoz made it come alive. Look. It's all about the joints of the stone. They fit exact. Truly amazing. The period of time these were chiseled and laid is astounding. Don't miss it! Put AXUM in your tour. I flew into Addis Ababa on Sunday and toured using Alex Melku tours. Flew to Bahar Dhar Monday. Guide drove me to Gondar Tuesday. Flew to Lalibela Wednesday. Flew to Axum Thursday morning and back to Addis Ababa and America same Day. Do not miss Axum!
Written June 1, 2016
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