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Axum Empire of Africa
Transcript of Axum Empire of Africa
The first stelaes were simple, but they soon became more elaborate and detailed. They engraved the king's noble rank, and some were made to looke like the facade of a palace (fake doors, fake windows, etc...).
These monsterous obelisks were put into place be a ton of manual labor, and stayed in place with the help of large underground counterbalances. stelaes: Christianity was the religion that revolutionized the Axum Empire. It is said that the Arc of the Covenant is held in the Axum Empire. The Arc of the Covenant is said to be a golden chest which holds the inscribed tablets of the ten commandments. The Ethiopians that live in the Axumite Empire claim that the Arc is up in the northern highlands of the empire in the Church of St. Mary of Zion in the town of Aksum. It was supposedly moved there 3,000 years ago and has since been guarded by virgin monks who are not allowed to set foot off of the chapel grounds until they die. Arc of the Covenant: This sacred church stands next to the chapel that housed the Arc of the Covenant. The church is surrounded by large walls to help protect it. This church is said to be where to Arc of the Covenant is. It has also been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The first of the St. Mary of Zion churches was built during the reign of the first Christian empire of Axum, Emperor Ezana. This is regarded as the most sacred place in all of Ethiopia because of what’s inside. Information from a Portuguese Monk that visited the church before its first demolition explained it as very large, with many concealed vaults, and the ceiling and the sides are all painted. The Church of St. Mary of Zion: Art and Architecture: Coinage: The Axumite Empire was the first African empire to have their own coinage system. They made the coins from various types of metals, and each one had their ruler’s face on it. As time went on and things changed in the Axum Empire, so did their coinage. They changed the faces of the kings and other details on the coins as well. One example is when the Axumite people switched from their polytheistic religion to Christianity, the crescent and disk that was originally on the top of the coin switched over to a cross. Capitol of Axum located halfway betweet the Blue Nile and the Red Sea. Created by Jesse Koenig and Kyle Fowler