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the Story of the stone castle

The temple of Yeha is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia

Yeha is situated 50km drive from east of Axum. It is another historic place adorned with attractive rock pillars and buildings. The temple of Yeha is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia and was the largest pre- Christian Temple. It was the ancient capital of Sabeans where the founder of Axumite kingdom (in the pre- Axumite time). It was once a place where great civilizations dominated.

Yeha is constructed by huge stone without the use of Mortal. This is a tower built in Sabean style and dated back 500B.C some prevails more with one side of its walls in ruin, is still intact and testifies to the advanced level of the people of those times.

The imposing ruins of Yeha temple are rectangular edifice. Though it is roofless and the upper story’s the ruins stand some twelve meters in height. Its outer face edge and corners are superbly dressed with great precision in the reflection of limestone as evening falls and the sun setting.

Yeha Temple of the Moon, Tigray, Ethiopia.

 Sandstone walls of Yeha Temple.