|South Stelae Field Axum|
|off to church - Axum|
Axum is therefore a very old and a very holy city, not immediately apparent as we approached last night in the dark wanting only our hotel, a meal, a drink and a rest.
|Street scene Axum|
|In the mausoleum South Stelae Field|
|Detail of Remhae's Obelisk|
Remhai's obelisk - the largest at 33 metres - shattered into five blocks across the ground - some say as it was erected. In total it weighs 520 tonnes. Who knows what skeletons may lie beneath?! Note the carved windows and door at the base.
|Tomb of the False Door|
|Inside the new cathedral Axum|
Then there was the Tomb of the False Door - where we see blocks held together with metal clamps - and can appreciate the advanced skills of the original engineers.
And the ten funerary chambers off each side of a dark corridor in the underground Mausoleum
|Chapel of the Tablet|
|Women going down to collect water at the Bath of|
the Queen of Sheba
|Funerary chamber within the Mausoleum|
Then there is the Ark of the Covenant itself said to be in the Chapel of the Tablet in the cathedral compound across the road from the stelae field. In the same compound are two cathedrals - women are not allowed in the first so we all visit the second more modern one, built in the 1960s by the emperor Haile Selassie who opened it jointly with HM Queen Elizabeth.
We also went in the small
|Panoramic view inside the New Cathedral Axum|
|Scene of Axum from south stelae Field towards|