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The Ruins of Aksum

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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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I stopped in Axum for just 1-2 hours during a trip across northern Ethiopia in August 2014, so this review will be brief. First, if you are a foreign visitor, expect to pay much... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stopped in Axum for just 1-2 hours during a trip across northern Ethiopia in August 2014, so this review will be brief. First, if you are a foreign visitor, expect to pay much more than a local visitor (common practice in the country). The obelisk park was the only place I visited (for lack of time) and it provides... More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The place has undoubtedly amazing history but little in way of presentations. We have to rely much on narration of the guide and some imagination.

Thank Eric L
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

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

Thank Ann L
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

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!

Thank livinglifetothefull1
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

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.

Thank Jackie H
Modiin, Israel
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

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 

Thank LyanaModiin_Israel
Elmhurst, Illinois
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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.

Thank trvlbufElmhurst
Herzliya, Israel
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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 .

Thank Gidons51
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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 

Thank Peggy L
Brussels, Belgium
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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;

Thank casteau m

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