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The Ancient Port of Adulis

The History of

The Ancient Port of Adulis

The ancient port city is known as the framework of the 1st century AD civilization of Adulo-Aksumite. On your travel to Eritrea, you will hear that this city has another name as ‘Azuli.’ Some individuals may acknowledge you that the port of Eritrea is renowned as “Azuli,” and this word has a meaning of “white sands,” which narrates about the white Adulis sands. The other people will let you know that this name originated from the cruiser, “Azuli,” it was the earliest to set boat from the port.

In the olden days, it was considered the best route for traders and sailors to go to India for trading. Nowadays, a lot of authors called this place “Empty Kingdom,” in its ancient great days, and it was a port city, full of business and trade actions. It is uncertain what resulted in decreasing the importance of the port after the 7th century; Historians hesitate that it may be because of the Arabs’ attacks. The possible cause is that the old dock may have blocked with slit by that period.

Adulis was a center of trade exchange with different parts of the world. Thus, we have ample evidence from past excavations and explorers and recent archaeological researches on the Red Sea Coast and at Adulis.

Location of the Ancient Port of Adulis

Adulis is also known as Adulis, present in Eritrea, an ancient port and historical site. This city is located on the seashore of the Red Sea, and it has the best archaeological significance. It has become a point of attraction from archaeologists around the globe.

On the northern shore of the Red Sea, Adulis is present. Because of its geographical site, when the Aksum Kingdom was in rule, Adulis was renowned as the central port city. At that time, it was among the leading trade hubs around the world.

Adulis was a center of trade exchange with different parts of the world. Thus, we have ample evidence from past excavations and explorers and recent archaeological researches on the Red Sea Coast and at Adulis.

Attractions of Adulis

The famous attraction of tourists on Eritrea travel is the Adulis ruins; it has been a leading place for excavation. The Adulis excavations uncovered a lot of artifacts that related the preceding of Adulis to Greece, Egypt, and Rome empires. In ruins, the tourists will see several palaces, a large church, and a trio of temples, set up in 1868 when the Napier Expedition was there for excavation.

Some other old remains you will see are the massive pillars that recommend the presence of large buildings like temples and churches. A lot of people come to see the Adulis ruins every year, and you can say that the old port of Eritrea shows a vital part in advancing the tourism of Eritrea. Moreover, you can also go for visiting Qohaito city, which is present close to the Adulis city.

The ancient port of Adulis is the best site for every history lovers who are going to plan their travel to Eritrea!

How to go to Adulis?

You can easily reach Adulis from Massawa city, having a distance of 65 km between both. Any individual can go to Massawa from the Eritrea capital, Asmara, by road. The Massawa town is almost 115 km away from Asmara. The tourists prefer going to this place by minibus, private car, or local buses that take you from Massawa.