Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Axum

Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Admire the folk art icons and the treasury of the purported Ark of the Covenant in Church of Our Lady 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. Use our Axum itinerary planner to add Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion and other attractions to your Axum vacation plans.
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  • The church that is open to the public is a cavernous space of no interest. The local deacons seems to want a tip for showing you the illuminated manuscript - new, and we'd already seen dozens. The.....  more »
  • The Church is architecturally exotic to the Western eye and quite beautiful. The inside is lovely with many lovely tapestries. The church is short walking distance from the Stelae field, a very old...  more »

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