The Castle of Gondar

Gondar ,the 17th century capital of Ethiopia , is located about 748 km North Western of Addis Ababa. The city is well known for its Castles and churches .Its medieval glory is reflected in the famous castles of the emperors of the time, especially that of Emperor Fasiledas.

The Castles of Gondar are today the most visible expression of the relatively near past history of Ethiopia.                                                                                                     

The castles of king Fasil’s legacy dated back to the 17th century AD. There exists no instance of this kind in Africa, often described as the Camelot of Africa, Fasil compound/ Fasil Gheebi / served as the royal residence of Ethiopian Emperor Fasiladas and his successors at a time, when Gondar was the country’s capital. Enclosed within the 900-meter long wall are crenellated castles, palaces, churches and other buildings, some of them still intact enough to give an excellent impression of the Era. Just outside the fortress city, there is another fine building sometimes associated by Fasiledas, a bathing place which is filled with water these days once a year to commemorate the Ethiopian Epiphany / Timiket / festival. Around the famous royal compound, visitors are encouraged to visit the ruins of the 18th century palace of Empress Mintiwab and the spectacular church of Debre Birhan Selassie which is still incredibly graceful in its magnificent paintings.