Attractions in Aksum
The major Aksumite monuments in the town are stele; the largest number lie in the Northern Stele Park, ranging up to the 33-metre (33 meters high 3.84 metes wide 2.35 meters deep, weighing 520 tonnes) Great Stele, believed to have fallen and broken during construction.
The tallest standing is the 24-metre (20.6 meters high 2.65 meters wide 1.18 meters deep, weighing 160 tonnes) King Ezana's Stele.
Another stele (24.6 metres high 2.32 meters wide 1.36 meters deep, weighing 170 tonnes) removed by the Italian army was returned to Ethiopia in 2005 and reinstalled July 31, 2008.
This stele was already broken into pieces before being shipped. Three more stele measure 18.2 meters high 1.56 meters wide 0.76 meters deep, weighing 56 tonnes; 15.8 metes high 2.35 metes wide 1 metes deep, weighing 75 tonnes; 15.3 metes high 1.47 metes wide 0.78 metes deep, weighing 43 tonnes.
The stelae are believed to mark graves and would have had cast metal discs affixed to their sides, which are also carved with architectural designs. The Gudit Stele to the west of town, unlike the northern area, are interspersed with mostly 4th century tombs.