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Northern Stelae Field, Axum

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Historic Site · Religious Site
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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  • Very well preserved in Ethiopian standards. Ancient, really intricate structures still standing to this day. Makes you wonder what the place was like back then  more »
  • The stelae field is really interesting. It is astonishing that there are some still standing after all these years.  more »

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