Tour Ethiopia and visit Axum
History of Axum
When you tour Ethiopia, you must visit the Axumite kingdom which rose to become one of the most powerful empires in the ancient world just a few centuries before Christ.
Her armies and fleets controlled the whole of the Red Sea area for over a thousand years. In the first several centuries, A.D, Axum dominated the reign and thrived on trade and agriculture.
The colossal steale and ruins of once magnificent palaces date from this period.In the late third century, the prophet Mani wrote that Axum was one of the world’s four great kingdoms. King of Ezana (reigned c.303-356), who was Axum’s first Christian monarch, called himself king of Axum, Saba, Salhen, Himyar, and Raydan refer to two of the Yemeni kingdoms and the palaces in their respective capitals.In the early sixth century, King Kaleb explained the Axumite kingdom in Yemen and parts of Arabia. A six-century Greek visitor to Axum wrote of a four-towered palace of the king of Ethiopia.
In Axum today the visitor can try to visualize the glories of these by-gone days from the few remaining standing steles, and the great 33 meters-long fallen stele weighing perhaps 500 tons and the so-called Bath of the Queen of Sheba. Axum is also believed to hold the Ark of the Convent since the time it was brought by Menelik I, son of Queen of Sheba and the biblical King Solomon.