AIA Fieldwork Photo Contest 2020

Entry 10491

Submitted by Dil Singh Basanti


Axum, Tigrai, Ethiopia

Category: Monuments

A collapsed stela, once towering 33m tall at 520 tons, sits in the foreground of the Aksumite Stelae Park (~100-400 AD). Among the hundreds of roughly hewn stelae, the largest and most elaborate stelae were carved in the image of multi-storied houses. Today, the Stelae Park is a national symbol of Ethiopian heritage and a site of weddings, pilgrimage, selfies, memorials, and school trips for a town that doesn't see its history as separate from its life today.

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