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Axum

The Queen of Sheba

Legend tells us that the Queen of Sheba journeyed to Israel to meet King Salomon attracted by his great wisdom. After being tricked by King Salomon to spend the night together they had a child, Menelik I, who became the first Emperor of Ethiopia.

The legend has it that during a visit of Menelik I to his father, he stole and took back to Ethiopia the Ark of the Covenant in which lie the Tablets of the Law upon which the Ten Commandments are inscribed. Nowadays only a monk is allowed to see the Ark which is housed in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum…

Apart from legends, Axum is a city 2 hours and a half away from Agoro lodge that is well worth a visit. It was the center of the Aksumite Empire, from which several relics can still be seen, such as 1700 years old Obelisk and also hosts significant religious festivals such as Timket on the 7th of January and the Festival of Maryam Zion in late November.

Axum

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