15.01.2008 - 15.01.2008
This houses the Ark of the Covenant (which contains the Ten Commandments).
Axum is famous for two things ... as far as I'm concerned anyway. Firstly there's the stelae or obelisks made from stone, and secondly there's the Ark of the Covenant (according to Ethiopian Orthodox belief).
I was a bit disappointed with the obelisk tomb markers ... I expected something more intact ... according to our guide, only about 5% of Axumite ruins have been excavated so maybe I should pay a visit in a century or two.
St Mary's was quite nice. There's old St Mary's which only allows men to enter ... so the King built new St Mary's so his wife could go pray there. Very considerate. In between the two St Mary's is a small building that supposedly holds the Ark. Even the big bishop isn't allowed to see it ... there's only one specific monk who is allowed to see it.