AXUM: ETHIOPIA

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AXUM: ETHIOPIA

AXUM: ETHIOPIA

Axum : Halfway by road to Axum from Addis Ababa, you will pass, 1,005 kilometers to the south, Ras Dashen, which, at 4, 543 meters, is Africa ’s fourth -highest mountain. Axum , the northernmost stop along the route, is the site of Ethiopia ’s most ancient city and is renowned for its Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion , where, as legend has it the original Ark of the Covenant is housed. Axum is also famous for its seven mysterious monolithic stelae, all made of single pieces of granite and with identical decorations. The biggest of them is 33 meters high and weighs over 500 tones. It was the largest monolith in the world but fell at some time in the past.