Axum is truly a legendary and historic town. Besides being the foundation of Ethiopian civilization, It is a site of many ruins of magnificent palaces, obelisks carved from solid granite and underground tombs of past kings and emperors. The Obelisks or Stelae that wereconstructed here are known throughout the world

Axum is also the home to the Biblical legend of the Ark of The Covenant. It is said to lie in the St. Mary of Zion Church for many centuries past. Up until the time of Emperor Haile Selassie I, Axum was used as the coronation site for all of the royal families of Ethiopia.