Axum

 

ኣኽሱም

City

 

Northern Stelae Park

Axum

Coordinates: 14°7′15″N 38°43′40″ECoordinates14°7′15″N 38°43′40″E

Country Ethiopia

RegionTigray

ZoneMehakelegnaw

Elevation2,131 m (6,991 ft)

UNESCO World Heritage Site

CriteriaCultural: i, iv

Reference15

Inscription1980 (4th Session)

Axum or Aksum (/ˈæksuːm/Tigrinya: ኣኽሱም Ak̠ʷsəm; Amharic: አክሱም Ak̠sum) is an historic city in TigrayEthiopia. The town has a population of 56,500 residents (2010) and is governed as an urban wäräda.

The original capital of the Kingdom of Aksum, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Africa. Axum was a naval and trading power that ruled the region from about 400 BCE into the 10th century. In 1980, UNESCO added Axum's archaeological sites to its list of World Heritage Sites due to their historic value.

Axum is located in the Mehakelegnaw Zone of the Tigray Region, near the base of the Adwa mountains. It has an elevation of 2,131 metres (6,991 ft) and is surrounded by La'ilay Maychew wäräda.

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now