The Ark of The Covenant was the place where The Most High God [YaHaWaH] met and talked with Moses (Exodus 25:22). It was made of acacia wood and covered with gold.
The tabernacle (the "tent of meeting") was built to house the ark. The Ark was the 1st piece of furniture constructed after God told Moses to build the tabernacle (Exodus 25:10-22).
The Most High set apart the Tribe of Levi to carry The Ark and stand before him, and to bless his name (Deuteronomy 10:8). Only the High Priest was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place once a year (Leviticus 16) the Day if Atonement, to sacrifice and to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat (the top of The Ark where the winged cherubim face each other) to atone for the sins of the people (Exodus 37:6-9; 2 Samuel 6:2; Psalms 99:1).
Called the “Ark of the Testimony” or the “Ark of the Covenant” because it contained the tablets of stone whereon the Ten Commandments were written (Exodus 25:16).
3 ¾ ft. long x 2 ¼ ft. wide x 2 ¼ ft high
Ark Location Fiction
Some scholars believe that the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem (586 BC), and plundered The Temple, The Ark was either taken by Nebuchadnezzar and destroyed or hidden by Levites...
Ethiopian Christians claim that The Ark rests in a small chapel town called Aksum. They claim that it was received approximately 3,000 years ago and has been guarded by a succession of virgin monks, who once anointed, are forbidden to step foot outside the chapel grounds until they die...
Ark Location Fact
2 Maccabees 2:4-7 (1611 KJV)
 It was also contained in the same writing, that the prophet, being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him, as he went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God.
 And when Jeremy came thither, he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door.
 And some of those that followed him came to mark the way, but they could not find it.
 Which when Jeremy perceived, he blamed them, saying, As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy.
#1. "the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God" (2 Macc. 2:4); was Mt. Nebo (Deut. 34:1). So that brings us to...
#2. The Ark of The Covenant is NOT in Ethiopia according to scripture! It was laid in the place that Moses went up to, by the Prophet (2 Macc. 2:5)
#3. The location of The Ark of The Covenant will NOT be found until "the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy" (2 Macc. 2:7)