The Axum Granite Stele is a large stone monument that was erected in the ancient city of Axum, located in what is now Ethiopia. The stele is made of granite and stands about 23 feet tall, with an additional underground portion that extends even further down into the ground.
It is believed to have been carved and erected sometime between the 4th and 5th centuries AD, during the height of the Axumite Empire.
The stele is decorated with intricate carvings that include representations of doors and windows, as well as depictions of people and animals. It is thought to have served a funerary or commemorative purpose and may have been erected in honor of a particular ruler or member of the royal family.
The Axum Granite Stele is significant both for its size and its historical and cultural importance. Axum was an important center of trade and culture in ancient Africa, and the stele is one of several surviving monuments from this period that testify to the city’s prosperity and power.
Today, the stele is a popular tourist attraction and is considered an important symbol of Ethiopian history and heritage.