About Us

Yared Zema  International Hotel is a brand new two star luxurious hotel located in the historical Axum town, North of Ethiopia 1024Km far from Addis Ababa. It was established in November 20, 2014 G.C providing a luxurious accommodation, dinning and guest facilities. Our Hotel is designed for your comfort and convenience and is equipped with the most up-to-date facilities and elegantly furnished rooms.

 Yared Zema International Hotel is a city central hotel situated very close to the Ethiopian airlines ticket office, in walking distance from the Axum Obelisk and 10 minutes of drive from Axum airport (8Km ).

Our hotel is best known for providing luxurious and leading service. Facilitated with up-to-date facilities, our hotel has card lock system, elevator, CCTV security and is accessible for wheelchair users.

Due to the quality services we provide and our elegantly furnished rooms, we are preferred by travellers, international communities, diplomats and VIP’s, Government and NGO employees.

For physical fitness, our gyms are fully equipped with a wide range of equipment, catering for the individual needs of our customers.

If you are looking for an elegant, well-furnished and romantic hotel in Axum, then look no further because you’ve found your ideal place to stay Yared Zema International Hotel!

Who is Saint Yared?

Yared was born in the city of Aksum to Abyud (Isaac) and Christina (Tawklia). His parents were born and raised in Aksum. His father died when he was seven, and his mother sent him to be raised by his uncle Gidewon, a priest who taught religious studies. A legend describes Yared gaining musical insight and talent through interaction with three birds, which inspired him to link the spiritual with the musical through the blending of musical characteristics to which he attached the Ethiopian words Ge’ez, Izil, and Ararary.

Yared arranged and composed hymns connected to religious celebrations and holidays, introducing the concept of sacred music to Ethiopian Orthodox services. This music, claim Debtera, is the basis of their performances.

Yared wrote five volumes of Zema chants for church services and celebrations. These volumes include The Book of Digua and Tsome Digua (chants for church holidays and Sundays services), The Book of Meraf (chants for major holidays, daily prayers and the month of fasting), The Book of Zimare (chants to be performed after Mass), The Book of Mewasit (chants for the dead).

Tradition states that Yared was a favorite of the Emperor Gabra Masqal. According to legend, the emperor once became so enchanted with Yared’s singing that he accidentally dropped his spear on Yared’s foot during a performance. As an apology, the emperor offered to grant Yared a request. Yared requested to live the remainder of his life in solitude, where he could focus on prayer, meditation, and music composition. He spent his final years as a recluse in the Semien Mountains.

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