Queen of Sheba

Queen of Sheba Restaurant   Photo credit: Africa Access

Location: 1509 9th St., NW Washington, DC

The Queen of Sheba Restaurant has a painting of the legendary Makeda, the Queen of Sheba on the front of the building.

The story of the Queen of Sheba appears in four religious texts, the Torah, the Bible, Qur’an and the Kebra Nagast from Ethiopia. “Described in the Bible as simply a Queen of the East, modern scholars believe she came from the Kingdom of Axum in Ethiopia, the Kingdom of Saba in Yemen, or both. Their main clue is that she brought bales of incense with her as a gift; frankincense only grows in these two areas. Both countries claim her as theirs. Given that they are separated by only 25 kilometers of water, both could be right….” www.pbs.org/mythsandheroes/

According to legend, King Solomon impregnates Queen of Sheba.  Their son Menelik becomes the first king of the Solomonic dynasty.