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Axum
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City
Street in Axum
Street in Axum
Country  Ethiopia
Region Tigray
Zone Mehakelegnaw
NE 565ad
Near East in 565 AD, showing the kingdom of Aksum and its neighbors

Axum or Aksum Ethiopia is the site of the historic capital of the Aksumite Empire. It is now a tourist town with a population of 66,800 residents (as of 2015).

The Aksumite Empire was a naval and trading power that ruled the region from about 400 BCE into the 10th century. In 1980, UNESCO added Axum's archaeological sites to its list of World Heritage Sites due to their historic value.

Axum is located in the Maekelay Zone of the Tigray Region, near the base of the Adwa mountains. It has an elevation of 2,131 metres (6,991 ft) and is surrounded by La'ilay Maychew district.

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