Art: TREASURES IN THE DUST

HIDDEN 7,226 ft. high on the Abyssinian plateau, all but inaccessible to the outside world, lies a forgotten city in a land where, according to Homer, the sun is supposed to set. The holy city of Aksum, spiritual capital of the Ethiopian Coptic Church, was once a flourishing market on the trade routes of Greece and Rome, is now reduced to a clutter of huts and crumbling relics in the mountains 350 miles north of Addis Ababa. Yet in Aksum, Ethiopians believe, Sheba once reigned, and in Aksum for nearly 3,000 years Abyssinian kings and rulers of the ancient kingdom of...

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