Tuesday, March 22, 2005

UNESCO to Assist Return Of Iconic Aksum Obelisk

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is sending an evaluation team to Ethiopia to prepare for the return of one of the country's most iconic monuments, the celebrated obelisk of Aksum, which Italian soldiers carted off to Rome during Mussolini's invasion nearly 70 years ago.

At the request of the Ethiopian and Italian Governments, UNESCO will draw up the re-installation project for the 1,700-year-old, 24-metres-high, 160-ton funeral stele and the development of the site in northern Ethiopia, which will be funded by Italy.


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