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Axum Steles

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Ty Galyan

on 19 April 2010

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Axum steles Created By: Ty Galyan The kingdom of Axum is also known as Aksum. This kingdom is recognized as to accompany some of the extravagant monuments called Steles. These monuments hold a great bit of history in them Here is some information about them. You can still today find these phenomenal monuments in present day Axum. They are found near Axum’s most impressive stone buildings and important buildings to the people of the city. They were also placed next to tombs of rulers. These monuments are tall, thin, solid stone structures. These are known to range from anywhere from 50 feet to 108 feet. King Ezana’s Stele is the tallest standing stele at 70 feet. The largest Aksumite stele would have been 108 feet if it were still standing. The mass of the stele was found above the ground, but the people in charge of the stele would place counterweights underground This tells you how smart the people were that made these awesome monuments This steadied the stone and kept it from falling over. These towers were also engraved with patterns or symbols that were indicating a king or noble. The steles have matching decorations, each in the center of a stand on a platform of polished limestone. At the base of each standing Stele, is a stone altar containing several bowl-shaped spaces, which, it is believed, served as receptacles for sacrificial offerings to the dead. Each Stele resembles a tall, thin, multi-storied house in the architectural style of the Axumite houses and palaces. The walls display horizontal layers of stone and timber. Never the less, they are beautiful
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