Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, Axum

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Ruin · Historic Site
Descend the stone stairway into Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, the resting place of a 16th-century king and his son. The structure is completely made of stone, some with peculiar carvings. Admire the sarcophagi and the stone doors, which function with great precision without the use of metal--a notion that still baffles archeologists. You may hear the local rumor that a secret tunnel lies under the tomb and leads to the Red Sea, or that King Kaleb is not buried here at all. Put Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal at the forefront of your travel plans using our Axum journey tool.
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  • We visited these structures after a hike up to Abbe Liqanos monastery, with good views over Axum. Worth the short drive out of Axum.  more »
  • My wife and I visited here and were delighted by the fact that it was peaceful, quiet, no other tourists and yet it was in the middle of the tourist season. It was lovely to be able to quietly walk...  more »

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