Lodging Type: Hotel
Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Internet - Wifi, Laundry, Mini-bar, Showers - 24hr hot water, TV
Located in front of St Pentelion Monastery Church, Consolar International Hotel is conveniently situated in the centre of Axum.
The 33 en-suite rooms are made up of singles, twins, doubles and royal standard king rooms. All rooms are equipped with TV, electronic safe, Wifi and minibar, and some of the doubles include a Jacuzzi. The restaurant, on the first floor, serves Ethiopian cuisine and some international dishes. The bar offers beers, wines and cocktails. The hotel can organise car rental and tour guiding, and the reception is happy to confirm flight tickets.
Highlights of Axum include the Archaeological Museum of Axum, and the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion, believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant; the famous Stele Field, believed to have been carved in the 4th century AD by subjects of the Kingdom of Aksum, or Axum, and grave markers for royal burial chambers.
Also of interest here are the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel, and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba, who is said to have returned from her visit to King Solomon of Israel carrying his child: Menelik, founder of the Solomon dynasty of Ethiopia.
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Once the capital of the Axumite Empire, Axum, also known as Aksum, was once a major trading centre with ties to Persia, Arabia, India and Rome. The Empire’s heyday was from the 1st to the 7th centuries AD, during which time the kingdom became known as Ethiopia. In ...