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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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Worth seeing, particularly the museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Gidons51
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank Peggy L
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank casteau m
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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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sydney,australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We found this area so interesting, our guide gave us excellent info on the stelae, burials etc. It was great to be able to wander about soaking up the history with barely another tourist in sight.August was a good time to be there as it could get very hot there in the warmer months.

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Thank hamilstra
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

It's been years back that I had gone to Aksum, yet few years later I found a lot more archaeological artifacts and places been uncovered. I believe that the town is standing on top of history buried beneath it. Aksum is a must go place especially for archaeology and history lovers.

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Thank Samuel A
UK - here and there
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Interesting columns and below ground tombs. Great detail on the stonework. Small museum attached which is worth viewing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Beautifully carved ancient pillars marking the tombs of kings. Full of history so get a guide to explain. A total must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

All the steala, tombs,ruins make sense if and only if you know history of ancient civilization Aksumite dynasty,rulers of Axum their religion their way of life.It is know that Akum is full of mystery there alot to dig out and fined out.

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