Hidar Zion Mariam Zion

Hidar Zion
Hidar Zion

Hidar Zion

Hidar Zion

Mariam Zion/Hidar Zion/- Celebration of Saint Mary of Axum

One of the most fascinating and advanced legendary (may be real history) of Ethiopia is The Ark (lost) of the covenant of Axum.  It is widely believed that the Ark is currently being held in the Church of Saint Mary of Zion, guarded by a monk known as the “Keeper of the Ark,” who claims to have it in his possession. According to the Axum Christian community, they acquired the Ark during the reign of Solomon, when his son MenelikI (Ibin Hakim), whose mother was the Queen of Sheba, stole the Ark after a visit to Jerusalem. Axum Zion (Hidar Zion) is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum. This church is the first to be built in Ethiopia. This festival is attended by tens of thousands of people from all over the World during 27-31November every year, making it one of the most joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the “sacred city of the Ethiopians.”

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