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The Ruins of Aksum

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Address: Aksum, Ethiopia
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The remains of once powerful royal capital contain impressive tombs and...

The remains of once powerful royal capital contain impressive tombs and stelae.

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Lots of history

This is the top sight in Axum and there is plenty to see and consume. There are several large obelisks and a small museum. Be prepared as its hot!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this as part of a guided tour included in our trip of Ethiopia well worth getting a guide as with all things in Ethiopia Plenty of history that I was unaware of

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the top sight in Axum and there is plenty to see and consume. There are several large obelisks and a small museum. Be prepared as its hot!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great to walk around and look a the stelae which are the world's tallest monoliths. They are all carved from a single piece of rock. The largest obelisk fell a long time ago and has been left as it fell for all to see. Definitely worth a visit and you do need a guide.

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Modiin, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WE are history buffs in our family, adn also love archeology, so the combination of the ruins together with the amazing history of Ethiopia and its connection to Judaism and the Bible was captivating for our family, and this site was very impressive and played a role in helping us better understand the transitions and changes of traditions in Ethiopia... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

The ruins in Axum are worth a day's visit when touring the North of Ethiopia. They are not remarkable but are interesting and filled with history.

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Herzliya, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

huge obelisks made of one stone ,the highest 33 meters high ,dating the 4th century A C . no one can explain how they were transfered from the mountains and erected here . underneeth tumbs .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I didn't know anything about Aksum and its history until I came here. We did stop by the official guide office first but they wanted to charge 450 birr for just the sights in town - this seems to be double the price the guidebooks mention though those are several years old. Although the stellae are not particularly memorable, the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

an interesting site to be visited at morning; important part of the history of the country don't forget the museum; close to st Mary of Zion;

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

The only reason to visit Axum has to be the stelae fields. These fascinating columns look like they were erected by giants. The tombs beneath are equally fascinating. Very atmospheric, especially at night when they are all lit up.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We had our own guide who was part of the tour so no idea what local guides would be like. A guide is a must and a back ground of biblical history would really enhance this site. Push vendours were a pain at the entrance but thank goodness they didn't pursue visitors once in the site. Archeological museum rather dis... More 

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