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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whatever your views on the presence or otherwise of the ark, they are of no consequence. You should always remember that for the Ethiopian, this is a fact, and you should not be so boorish as to disagree. This is a truly holy place in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pisumcorporum
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

It's a locked building behind a small gate at the back of St Mary Zion church. Allegedly the Ark of the covenant is inside. You can't enter so I guess no one really knows!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

The Church is the legendary home of the Ark of the Covenant. Now housed in a new chapel which I believe was built in 2012 to replace the old one which had a leaking roof. I was very lucky to briefly catch a glimpse of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Abrumar
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Let you mind wander over what might be in the building and the dedication of the guardian looking after it for the rest of his life and you get the idea,

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David K D
Reviewed November 2, 2018

It is the significance of what it contains, not the building itself which is interesting, If you are there, have a look from 50 meters,

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 70ava
Reviewed May 29, 2018

You'll never know because no one except one monk is allowed inside. A fascinating traditional story tells how it allegedly was brought to Axum.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank terry c
Reviewed May 12, 2018

It is fascinating for what cannot be seen - the Arc of the Covenant. This is, according to the Ethiopian Church the resting place, having been bought here by Queen Sheba. For those who believe, this is a very sacred site.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jaral1202158
Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Be Aware , foreigner can’t be really close of the Holy Chapel It s a small building located between the St Mary church and the Monastery that is forbidden for woman The best view is maybe the one that we have from the entrance on...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ksarman
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Nice building but no one is allowed inside. Tablet is said to be hidden away. We did see the "Guardian" which is apparently quite rare. Interesting history.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Canadian079
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

The legend say that Menelik I, son of Queen of Sheba and Solomon, at age of 22 years visit his father. When he come back take with him the Arch of Convent who contain the tableta with the 10 laws of Moses at Axum. Since...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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