Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, Axum

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Descend the stone stairway into Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, the resting place of a 16th-century king and his son. The structure is completely made of stone, some with peculiar carvings. Admire the sarcophagi and the stone doors, which function with great precision without the use of metal--a notion that still baffles archeologists. You may hear the local rumor that a secret tunnel lies under the tomb and leads to the Red Sea, or that King Kaleb is not buried here at all. Put Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal at the forefront of your travel plans using our Axum journey tool .
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  • Interesting visit and beautiful scenery giving away (far enough) a glimpse of the Eritrean border (following our Guide)
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  • The tombs are massive and empty. Despite the enormous work that went into building them, the kings were never buried there. Nonetheless, they represent stunning workmen ship. They stone work is almost...  more »
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