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    Northern Stelae Park

    by sachara Updated May 26, 2004

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    The northern Stelae Park is the most important stelae field in Aksum, containing more than 120 stelae. The stelae (monoliths) have a height from 1 to 33 M. Most monoliths are just a simple stone, but some have a rectangular shape with a conical top and are finely carved.

    The about 2000 years old monoliths of Aksum have a surprisingly modern look and are also striking because of their huge size and their state of preservation.

    These stelae are used as a tombstone monument for local rulers, like in other parts of north east Africa, allthough it's not certain, that under every stele is a tomb.

    Northern Stelae Park
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    King Ezana's stele

    by sachara Updated May 26, 2004

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    When you approach the Northern Stelae Park, you will see near the entrance the most striking sculpted stele, popularly known as the King's Ezana Stele (allthough the stele is older). This stele of 24 M high is the biggest still standing stele.

    The more finely carved the stele, the more splendid the tomb underneath. Some of the steles, like this one, imitate a multistoreyed building with little windows and doors. This architectural design gives an image of the traditional Aksumite style, used for palaces and houses.

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    Queen of Sheba's bath

    by sachara Updated May 23, 2004

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    This water reservoir has the shape of a bowl with a diameter of about 65 M. In ancient time this great piece of engineering was an important source of water. The reservoir is hewn out of solid rock and has a depth of 5 M.

    During our visit the reservoir has a low waterlevel. Nowadays local people come to fetch water and wash clothes in the reservoir.

    This reservoir is meant to be the ritual bath of Queen Sheba, but in reality the bath postdates the queen at least a millenium.

    Queen Sheba's Bath
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    Great views near the rock-hewn church

    by sachara Updated May 23, 2004

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    When you visit the tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskel or the rock-hewn church the views at the surrounding landscape are stunning.
    This area north east of the town is also a nice area for walking. There are some paths leading southwards, back to the east part of the town, you can see from here.

    Northwards you look in the direction of Eritrea and in the east at the background you can see the mountain ridge of Adwa.

    view at the mountains of Adwa
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    Lioness of Gobedra

    by 1W1V Written Jun 28, 2008

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    Going out of town, approx 5 KM, there is an interesting site to see.
    It is in fact a lion(ess) carved on an imposing rock.

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