Northern Stelae Field, Axum

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Tour impressive ancient Ethiopian obelisks at Northern Stelae Field, a forest of carved stone pillars of the Kingdom of Aksum. Dating back to the 4th century CE, this 750 m (2,460 ft) long field features colossal granite monoliths of mysterious origin, brought here after even more puzzling construction and transport techniques (probably involving elephants). See King Ezana's 21 m (69 ft) tall stela and the broken Great Stela measuring 33 m (108 ft) in length, both thought to be markers for ancient burial chambers. Explore stone corridors and open tombs of ancient emperors, and marvel at the techniques of ancient stonemasons. Our Axum online holiday planner makes visiting Northern Stelae Field and other Axum attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Nice save obelisk stands. Obelisk's decoration for doors and Windows, was the replacement for the House? I thought. Save many stands, but the decoration is 2-3 degrees.
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  • Enjoy this quite, easy stroll through this magnificent site. Worth the visit, also for the small museum, less for the well presented shop, but expensive.  more »
  • Incredible to think how these stelaes were carved and transported. Carved from a single piece of stone. There are several stelaes of different levels of complexity. A clear progression of skill develo...  more »
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