The Ruins of Aksum
The Ruins of Aksum
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The remains of once powerful royal capital contain impressive tombs and stelae.
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Nick
8 contributions
Nov 2023
If you are travelling to Ethiopia, the ruins of Axum are a must-visit. I had an amazing driver called Kibrom Tadesse (WhatsApp +251 913027261) who speaks perfect English and has a good car to transport you from the airport in Shire to Axum for visiting the ruins (it will take 1 full day to see them) and then onto the rock churches at Gheralta and finally Mekelle for my flight back to Addis. He is very friendly, very safe, knows everyone in the area, has three lovely children, and will go out of his way to help you. He also knows lots of little coffee houses and restaurants if you want to try local food! I highly recommend Kibrom and suggest you call or send him a message to see how he can help make your visit here safe and happy.
Written 10 November 2023
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snowythepyro
London, UK0 contributions
Nov 2019
The stelae field is really interesting. It is astonishing that there are some still standing after all these years.
Written 30 October 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,769 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
In my opinion, this is not the best historical site in the country. Can give it a miss if short of time.
Written 22 October 2020
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JC Isham
71 contributions
Mar 2020
Bring a flashlight for the underground tombs. This is the place to visit in Aksum the museum is excellent.
Written 13 April 2020
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SaigonDoug
Casablanca, Morocco370 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Several obelisk's on a small hill. Also some once hidden graves. There is a museum of objects found d in the tombs. If it was not part of our paid for tour I would not pay the 600 B per person.
Written 4 March 2020
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Middle_Aged_Guy
Fremont, CA341 contributions
Feb 2020
If you happen to be in town, it's worthwhile to stop by to see this World Heritage Site. It has interesting historical significance and there is a small museum to see. I don't think there is enough at this site to warrant a special trip. You can walk around and see this site along with the museum in 2 to 3 hours. Nothing here is what I would say awe inspiring. If you are expecting something on the same scale as the Lalibela Churches or the Palaces in Gondor you will be disappointed.
Written 3 March 2020
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IonH
London168 contributions
Jan 2020
Well, this is the principal reason you're in Axum, right? Reasonably interesting site, augmented by a small museum. Significant in the context of sub-saharan Africa, but wouldn't merit a second glance in, say, Egypt. But since you're here, you have to visit...even though everything (except the museum) is perfectly well viewed from outside the compound
Written 21 February 2020
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HaraldMitschnigg
Rueschlikon, Switzerland11 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I have been travelling through Ethiopia on my own back in Dec 2017 and I hired Mulugeta as my guide: Excellent knowledge and he offered experiences far beyond any standard tour (eg attending a procession at night)- I can only recommend him, apart from being very professional he has a very good command of spoken English and he is as well a very kind person, fees are reasonable! Would definitely book a tour with him again, his phone no is +251 91 339 5845
Written 19 February 2020
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Alex S
Deventer, The Netherlands551 contributions
Dec 2019
The stelae are nice, but you don't spent more then 1 hour at the park. The strange thing is that you can see them all form the suare just in front of it, so you don't need to enter the site itself to see them. Entering the site and seeing them close is better, but when you have a tight budget you can save some money.
The other attractions mentioned in the Bradt Guide, like King Ezema's Park are not woth visiting.
Should I go to Axum the next time I am in Ethiopia? Hmmm, maybe not. The obelisks in the temples in Egypt are more impressive as they are in the middle of a temple complex. The stelae of Axum are in a park and the scenery around it is nothing specilal.
Take notice there a few weekend in a year when about 1million people come to Axum. Avoid those weekends as all the accommodation is full, the prices are high and it is just too crowded. We were there a few days after such a weekend and the areas around the stelae was still dirty with human excrement....
Written 19 February 2020
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Gerard O
Weymouth, UK713 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited here, we came on our own without a tour guide having simply purchased the what they call the park ticket- for 300 Birr each -
this covers a wide range of archaeological and museum sites around the town.

This particular location is very interesting - the Stella are absolutely fascinating and huge and make you wonder how they achieved it. There is a small museum on site which gives a lot of very interesting information- you could easily spend an hour or so here just quietly exploring.
The only downside- you do get hassled by would-be guides wanting you to pay them to take you around the site
Written 18 February 2020
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