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Axum was once a mighty Biblical kingdom, located along the Ethirea border, its now home to the ArK of Covenant and a place containing the mystical obelisks (largest in the world). Alex and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to explore Axum, however we knew it was going to cost us... The only way to travel from Debark to Axum is through the dreaded mountain pass on a local bus traveling at 30km/h.
Excited to leave Debark, we ...
Leaving the Simien Mountains for Aksum the road is unpaved. It winds it's way through the mountains with perilous drops and hairpin bends. Thankfully I was sat on the aisle so I couldn't see the drops - although the frantic crossing of themselves by the locals told me we were pretty close to the edge at times! The Ethiopians are not good travelers, many suffer from motion sickness, so the buses keep a supply of plastic bags handy. Once used these are thrown out of ...
... at ruins that are purported to be ruins of the Queen of Sheba's Palace, and toured St Mary's of Zion church constructed in 1965 by Emperor Haile Selassie. This church is just in front of the ruins of the original St Mary's of Zion church from Queen Sheba's time. We also drove to the top of a hill where we had a good view to the east - we could see mountains in Eritrea in the distance.
... I tried to withdrawal money from the ATM only to find out none of the 3 ATMs allowed me to get money. With only enough money to cover my room for the night and a little food, Aregawi called a friend in Lalibela (where I was headed in the morning) and arranged for me to give it to him after I arrived.
Today we visit a few of the many historical sites in Axum. At the bottom of the hill our hotel sites on is the stelae field tombs. Large markers reside over kings tombs, the younger of which are more grand than the previous. The youngest one at 33 meters high and 500 tones is not standing and there is rumour it never did as it lays broken in pieces at its base. They are made from limestone quarried from a mountain 5 Kim's away. Much like ...
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