Aksum cluster comprises of the Central Zone of Tigrai/excluding Degua Tembien Woreda / and the North Western Zone. This area is mainly known for the paramount Archaeological sites, Historical places, Rock-hewn and built churches and Monasteries. It also has eco-tourist sites. Aksum and its environs are among which that are enlisted in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
II.A Brief Description of Tourist Attraction Sites
AKSUM: ANCIENT, TIMELESS AND ALIVE
Aksum is a cradle of Ethiopia’s ancient civilization. Located 257 kms North West of Mekelle, the regional capital, Aksum is an exotic tourist destination that offers a unique combination of beguiling history, natural beauty, perfect weather, serene environment and unmatched hospitality.
Truly, Aksum was ahead of its time. Unlike many other states of the time, Aksumites knew how to tame animals, cultivate cereals, mint coins and curve extraordinary obelisks the likes of which are unknown to humankind. They accepted Christianity early on, developed their unique alphabet and created a peculiar system of composing and chanting religious hymns. Indeed, Aksum was the most inventive state of its time. Shaped and reshaped by profound faith, sophisticated administration, boundless prosperity and artistic and engineering brilliance, Aksum is an ancient Ethiopian city that once shone over the expansive territory that stretches from the fertile highlands of eastern Africa to the barren deserts of southern Arabia. In terms of its sanctity as well as greatness of its empire, Aksum is like Jerusalem and Rome combined. In essence, Aksum is faith, holiness, history and tranquility all wrapped in one.