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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  • Ok, I really don't believe that the original Ark of the Covenant is inside this church, but even so, I was expecting to be able to visit it. What a disappointment though. The church was closed due to ...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to visit during the day and then returned at night for the service leading into Easter Sunday. Interesting to hear that the church was given by Haille Selassie and allowed men and...  more »
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