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Reviewed July 3, 2019

Worth seeing the majesty and splendour of these obelisks... the museum is ok too, though not exceptional as stated in the Brady guide.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ThreeDugongs
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Reviewed June 18, 2019

Ephrem is very knowledgeable of Aksum, Tigray, Danakil Depression and Laliba and more where we traveled. He has a degree in Tourism, is credentialed and has connections throughout Ethiopia. Excellent English, organized and helpful in all aspects of travel that made our journey smooth. He set up drivers in decent rigs to visit the outlying areas that really require guides to find and to appreciate their history. Would highly recommend Ephrem and plan to look him up for our next trip to northern Ethiopia that is rich in history to say the least!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

It was not as great as I hoped it would be. The below ground tombs would have been great if I had a flashlight.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank C L
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

An impressive set of obelisks and tombs dating back from the 3rd-4th century AD plus a museum is definitely worth seeing when you're visiting Axum.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 13, 2019 via mobile

AXUM

In the very north of Ethiopia is the former capital of a powerful empire in the highlands at an average altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 meters above sea level. Near Axum you can see beautiful mountain landscapes, but Axum itself looks like a journey back in time to antiquity. Explore the old capital with the famous stele park of Axum, a cemetery with stone columns up to 20 meters high and get to know the original Marienkathedralen. Axum is of great interest to historically interested visitors and will take you on a visit to the glorious past of the once mighty city in the mountains. 

When Axum was founded exactly can not be clearly documented today. But the importance of the first capital of Ethiopia is undisputed and remains to this day in the impressive buildings that characterize the city in the highlands near the border with Eritrea. Axum was once the capital of the kingdom of the same name, which had a very large influence and reached as far as Yemen. The empire was so economically influential that it traded with Persia, Egypt, and Ceylon and thereby gained great power. In the 10th century, however, the empire Axum disintegrated due to rival battles. Today, impressive buildings and many ruins testify to the former power and Axum is in any case a charming destination in the north of the country. 

Although Axum is also very scenic in the highlands, the most important sights of the city are clearly historical in nature. Above all, the famous field of stelae Axum is worth a visit, also the Maria of Zion Church may not be missing. In other times, you will be able to immerse yourself in the baths and the palace of the Queen of Sheba and once again recognize the splendor and influence that prevailed here in days gone by. The stelae, tombs and impressive ruins characterize Axum and make it immediately clear why the old town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Numerous stelae and obelisks characterize Axum and represent a special attraction in the city dar. The famous Stelenpark of Axum should be visited with the impressive stone pillars. 

The tallest standing stele actually reaches a height of 20 meters, but also a fallen stele with a length of 33 meters and a weight of around 520 tons is very impressive. The steles were mostly built between the 3rd and 10th centuries and served as tombstones for important figures in the realm of Axum. The stone pillars are decorated with elaborate ornaments, some of which were real houses with doors and windows on the steles indicated as houses for the dead. The stelae of Axum thus testify to the high culture of the former empire and are regarded as an important landmark of Ethiopia.

Date of experience: May 2019
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