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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1-13 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 1980
Location: Africa, Ethiopia, Tigrai Region
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Description: Close to Ethiopia's northern border lie the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum. At the heart of ancient Ethiopia, the Kingdom of Aksum used to be the most powerful state within the lands between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. Among the massive ruin (1st-13th century A.D.) are monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs and ancient castles ruins. Even after Aksum’s political decline in the 10th century, the tradition of crowning Ethiopian emperors here continued. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Axum (historically), properly Aksum (by modern conventions of transliteration from the original Ge'ez), is a city in northern Ethiopia named after the long lived Kingdom of Axum or Aksum, a naval and trading power that ruled from the region ca. 400 BC into the 10th century—nearly a millennium and a half. The kingdom was occasionally referred to in medieval writings as "Ethiopia". --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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