Aksum Ruins

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The ruins of the city of Aksum (also known as Axum) is located in the Tigray Region of Ethopia and dates back from the 1st to the 13th century and marks the heart of ancient Ethiopia and what was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. It includes monolithic obelisks, giant stelae, royal tombs, and ruins of former castles. It is believed Aksum began a long slow decline after the 7th century due partly to Islamic groups contesting trade routes. Eventually Aksum was cut off from its principal markets in Alexandria, Byzantium and Southern Europe and its trade share was captured by Arab traders of the era. This photo of the ruins of Aksum has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 21st of July 2011.

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