Axum: Ark of the Holy Alliance in Ethiopia, what to see

ark holy alliance chapel axum ethiopia
ark holy alliance chapel axum ethiopia

Axum is a town in northern Ethiopia, located in Tigray, at about 2100 meters above sea level at the foot of the mountains of Adwa. Axum, the ancient capital of the Axumite kingdom, from 400 BC an important civilization that flourished for nearly 10 centuries dominated the trade between Africa and Asia.

What to see in Axum

Heritage of Axum includes archaeological ruins dating from between the 1st and the 13th century, including monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and ruins of ancient castles, keepers of an ancient world that still has not proved entirely.

The story tells that Saba, queen of Axum, having heard of the wisdom of Solomon, he went to Jerusalem, and after meeting him I was fascinated. The union between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba was born Bayna-Lehkem, said the son of the Sage, who will become the name of Emperor Menelik I or Menyelek, giving rise to the lineage of the kings of Ethiopia.

He went to Jerusalem after he returned to Axum with the Ark of the Covenant, which according to Ethiopian tradition, is preserved in the church of Saint Mary of Zion.

It is a chest of acacia wood, completely covered in gold, exterior and interior, which contained the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, is guarded by a priest and carried in procession once a year, wrapped in a blanket, because no one can see it.

Among the rich archaeological heritage of Axum Stele stands out also that, after being transferred to Rome in 1937 by the Italians as spoils of war, in 2005, was returned to the people of Ethiopia and in 2008 was repositioned on his homeland. Axum is part of the World Heritage Site.