For a large number of years in ancient time, Axum had been served as a political and religious center of Ethiopia.
Axum, Historical and Archaeological site, Tigray region, September 1980
It was the capital of the Axumite Kingdome and considered as the first well-known permanent capital in the history of the country. It has still a considerable symbolic role for the Ethiopian church and state. During its long history, Axum greatly contributed too many human developments. It has been a repository of tremendous archeological and historical treasures including the steel, the rock-tombs, temples, the palaces, the stone thrones and others.