Details of Aksum
The Kingdom of Aksum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located within the northern region of Tigray. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the Queen of Sheba and experience the giant obelisks, royal tombs, and even the rumoured resting place of the fabled Ark of the Covenant.
Steeped in legend and mystery, Aksum was founded more than 3,000 years ago and it is from here that the Queen of Sheba is said to have ruled over a vast trade empire. It later served as capital of the Aksumite Kingdom, the only sub-Saharan African empire that co-existed with Greece and Rome.
Notable sites within the Ancient City of Aksum include the Church of St. Mary of Zion, the Northern Stelae Fields, the Abba Pentalewon Monastery, and the tombs of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel.
Once an important military, religious, and agricultural trading hub, the city of Askum today stands as an impressive monument to the enduring will of the Abyssinian Empire.
A site surrounded by myth and legend, it is said that the Queen of Sheba once resided here, while the Ark of the Covenant is also said to still reside here.