The Chapel of the Tablet, Axum, Ethiopia



  • The Ark of the Covenant is said to be housed here
  • Explore the cradle of Ethiopia’s 3000 year old civilisation
  • See the colossal rock stelae and legendary baths of the Queen of Sheba
  • Visit palace ruins and burial grounds


Situated in the far north of the historic circuit, this fascinating town is Ethiopia's most ancient capital and the holiest city of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Once part of a huge empire which reached across the Red Sea, Axum holds many treasures.

The Ark of the Covenant, one of the most precious relics of the Judeo-Christian tradition is said to be housed in a small church compound in town, watched over and attended by a priest who has dedicated his life to tending it. A few yards from the church is a field of stone stelae, said to be the largest single pieces of standing stone in the world.

Time spent in Axum typically includes a visit to the Axum Museum, the Stelae field, the castle of King Kaleb, King Basens tomb, Mai Shum (the baths of the Queen of Sheba) and the Mariamtsion Church.

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