Northern Stelae Field
Northern Stelae Field
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Dan Lear
Ghent, Belgium124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Very well preserved in Ethiopian standards. Ancient, really intricate structures still standing to this day. Makes you wonder what the place was like back then
Written 26 November 2020
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snowythepyro
London, UK471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The stelae field is really interesting. It is astonishing that there are some still standing after all these years.
Written 30 October 2020
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70ava
Beijing, China1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
It is ab amazing place, but in order to really appreciate it, I suggest you do some reading in advance and do NOT let those people at the gate choose a guide for you. You are allowed to choose your own guide for the price you pay. Make sure he is knowledgeable, speaks good English and has patience, Amazing history that is still waiting to be discovered.
Written 2 November 2018
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Ilse020
Kigali, Rwanda142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
These obelisks are an interesting historical site. The are very large and the feeling remains that there is much more to be discovered in the area. How dod they manage to carry those stones anywhere? One of the stellae had been taken by the Italians during the occupation but fortunately returned more than 50 years later. Although no longer in 1 piece but in 3.
Written 27 April 2018
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Scott8446
Glasgow, UK1,045 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Visited here for a few hours but needed less time. A few stelae to see but not too much information.
Written 28 August 2017
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Francesco P
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Couples
Me and my girlfriend did the tour with Base Ethiopia tour and travel few days ago and we had an amazing experience our guide was very helpful and the whole base Ethiopia team were very helpful. I highly recommend them. Axum is one of the most fascinating places in the world.
Written 30 July 2016
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Nona C
Brier, WA95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015 • Couples
It was interesting to see the stelaes of the more common people. I also thought it was priceless that the local people cultivate this land around these historic treasures.
Written 29 September 2015
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
If St. Mary’s Church is the soul of Ancient Axum then the Northern Stelae Field is the heart. Even before a visit to St. Mary’s, I would imagine this is first on people’s list when they arrive in town and in fact it was my initial port of call after checking in at my hotel. I had previously had a guide arranged who took me around the area but I believe admission is covered under the blanket ticket for historical sites.

The field is enclosed by a wall with entry on the west side. Be warned: of all the places I traveled to during my two weeks in Ethiopia, the hawkers were the most aggressive here. I entered with my guide and started the tour. The three main stelae will catch your attention first: King Ezana’s, Rome, and the fallen Great. There is an abundance of history behind each one, with my favorite story being the 1937 capture and 2005 repatriation of the Rome stelae. There are also numerous tombs scattered around the field, with the Mausoleum and Tomb of the False Door being the most worthwhile stops. After about 30 minutes of exploration we stopped by the archaeological museum which was open but clearly undergoing renovation; exhibits were half-labeled and in some cases completely empty.

Total time on site was probably around an hour. The three main monoliths were impressive enough with excellent craftsmanship but weren't quite up to the standards set in Lalibela a few days later, or for that matter a non-Ethiopian site such as the Ellora caves in India. With the museum closure there were very few formal didactic opportunities and although my guide was excellent he couldn’t make up for the somewhat “ho-humness” of the site as a whole. If I came here to Axum and this is all that I saw then I would probably be disappointed as the civilization is so complex (and, it seems, largely undiscovered) one really needs to see a wide variety of archeological sites to even begin to understand it as a whole. Similar to individual reviews of the other sites in town, this area is probably best appreciated as the most important part of a varied whole.
Written 11 April 2014
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nomadicbookwoman
Seoul, South Korea12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
If you’re interested in history and archaeology, this is the place. It’s a bit difficult to understand what you’re looking at —not much signage when I was there—so I recommend a local guide. Ours spoke perfect English, and is a serious history buff. He knows a crazy amount of both local and Italian history, which is very useful.

We used Mulugeta Tekeste; his phone number/WhatsApp is +251-913395845. Email mulerzeaxum@yahoo.com
Written 31 January 2020
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Andy Smallman
Johannesburg, South Africa248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Fascinating to wander round the stellae field, some of which are enormous, and also view the underground tomb with the hollow sealed coffin- very interesting museum (English placards!) , One of the key sites in Axum
Written 3 May 2019
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