New Church of St. Mary of Zion, Axum

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Admire the folk art icons and the treasury of the purported Ark of the Covenant in New Church of St. Mary of Zion, one of the most important churches in Ethiopia. Believed to have been originally built during the reign of Ethiopia's first Christian king early in the 4th century, the church guards the gilded chest, watched over by a dedicated monk. In the 1950s Emperor Selassie commissioned the present-day construction, which hosts some of the most important religious ceremonies of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The massive modern structure features vividly painted murals and icons, and arched stained glass windows. During your visit, look for the ruins of the original St. Mary's Church. Arrange your visit to New Church of St. Mary of Zion and discover more family-friendly attractions in Axum using our Axum itinerary planner .
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  • This church was built in the time started to run empty churches in Europe. In this country everyone seems very faithful. In this church can in any case very many people attending a service. It is light and airy and has a pleasant atmosphere. Tastefully I don't. Let the priest through the beautiful old Bible book. He read also out for.
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  • Is reasonably normal Church seen from the outside, but inside is great. Would sigh. Very colorful, slightly different than the Ethiopian church furnished. It shows the Bible a colorful ritual.
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  • Although it is dark and difficult to see all of the items in the museum, there are some beautiful and interesting artifacts! I enjoyed seeing the clothing from previous emperors. The church itself fel...  more »
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