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Aksum is a city and separate woreda in northern Ethiopia that was the original capital of the kingdom of Aksum. It has a population of 56,500 (2010). Aksum was a naval and trading power that ruled the region from about 400 BC into the 10th century. The kingdom was also arbitrarily identified as Abyssinia or Ethiopia according to the medieval writings.

Located in the Mehakelegnaw Zone of the Tigray Region near the base of the Adwa mountains, Aksum has an elevation of 2,131 meters. Aksum is surrounded by La'ilay Maychew woreda.


Aksum was the center of the marine trading power known as the Aksumite Kingdom, which predated the earliest mentions in Roman era writings. Around 356 A.D,  its ruler was converted to Christianity by Frumentius. Later, under the reign of Kaleb, Aksum was a quasi-ally of Byzantium against the Persian Empire.

The major Aksumite monuments in the town are stelae. The largest number are in the Northern Stelae Park, ranging up to the 33-metre-high (3.84 metres wide, 2.35 metres deep, weighing 520 tones). The Great Stelae, believed to have fallen and broken during construction. The tallest standing is the (20.6 metres high 2.65 metres wide 1.18 metres deep, weighing 160 tones). The Obelisk of Aksum (24.6 metres high 2.32 metres wide 1.36 metres deep, weighing 170 tonnes) removed by the Italian army was returned to Ethiopia in 2005 and reinstalled July 31, 2008.[9] This stelae was already broken into pieces before being shipped. Three more stelae measure 18.2 metres high 1.56 metres wide 0.76 metres deep, weighing 56 tonnes; 15.8 metres high 2.35 meters wide, 1 metres deep, weighing 75 tonnes; 15.3 metres high 1.47 metres wide,  0.78 metres deep, weighing 43 tones. The stelae are believed to mark graves and would have had cast metal discs affixed to their sides, which are also carved with architectural designs. The Gudit Stelae to the west of town, unlike the northern area, are interspersed with mostly 4th century tombs.


Other features of the town include St.Mary of Zion church, re-built in 1665 and said to contain the Ark of the Covenant (a prominent 20th-century church of the same name neighbours it), archaeological and ethnographic museums, the Ezana Stone written in Sabaean, Ge'ez and Ancient Greek in a similar manner to the Rosetta Stone, King Bazen's Tomb (a megalith considered to be one of the earliest structures), the so-called Queen of Sheba's Bath (actually a reservoir), the 4th-century Ta'akha Maryam and 6th-century Dungur palaces, the monasteries of Abba Pentalewon and Abba Liqanos and the Lioness of Gobedra rock art.


Brana hotel is located in the cradle of the ancient city of Aksum, which is  about 1020 Km north west of Addis Ababa. Please feel free to give us a call and we will take good care of you to entertainment your self. Hotels in axum  Ethiopia, Hotels in aksum Ethiopia.

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Source: Wikipedia