Obelisk returns to ancient home

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An ancient monument taken by Mussolini’s Italy in the 1930s has been restored in Ethiopia. The c.4th-century Axum obelisk was returned to Ethiopia in 2005 in three blocks. Weighing over 150 tonnes, it has been reassembled in the northern town, once the centre of a prosperous kingdom. The president and prime minister took part in the ceremony to unveil the restored monument in what is Ethiopia's millennium year in the Coptic tradition. The obelisk was taken in 1937 by the Italian army during their invasion and annexation of Ethiopia.

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