Ethiopia’s earliest, pre Axumite known capital, situated at less than two hours’ drive from Axum through some dramatic highland scenery. As the birthplace of the country’s earliest high civilization, it is well worth visiting. The ruins of this large, pre Christian temple, erected around the fifth century BC, consist of a single roofless oblong chamber 20meters (66 feet) along by 15 meters (50 feet) wide. The windowless 10 meters high walls are built of smoothly polished stones, some of them more than 3meters long, carefully placed one atop the other without the use of mortar.

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