Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Axum

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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. Arrange your visit to Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion and discover more family-friendly attractions in Axum using our Axum itinerary planner.
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  • Lovely church, as most are. We saw no need to pay the entrance fee to go in. The best part was people-watching in the courtyard. Beware: the guides hang here. If you want to hire one, this is the...  more »
  • It is quite nice from the outside. Another monument built by Haile Selassie to honour himself. It leaks badly and is undergoing repairs which were due to be finished........sometime, like a lot of...  more »
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