Axum Zion

St. Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church and the 16th Century Cathedral of St. Mary Zion (this Cathedral is not access able for females) and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to lest the original Ark of the Covenant. It is believed that the Ark itself symbolizes Mary’s Womb. This is celebrated on November 30 and attended by tens of thousands of religious people from all over Ethiopia, making it one of the most Joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the “Sacred City of the Ethiopians”.

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