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Fasil Ghebbi

Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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Ranked #3 of 6 attractions in Gonder
Type: Castles
Traveler Description: Among the things you can do in Gonder is: Visit of the Castel Compound of Gondar ( Also Known as Fasil Ghebbi ) give one  full day  for the compound... more »
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Atlanta, GA
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146 reviews 146 reviews
17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This was a must for me as I wanted to see as many historical sites in Gonder and Ethiopia. Our guide was excellent. He took his time explaining details on all three castles and the rich history of the Royal family. Excellent.

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Saint John, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

It is the highlight of the Gondar trip. Very relaxing walk through a treed grounds with three different Castles built over three generations. The female guide we had was excellent! I loved looking at everything and getting photo's.

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great way to spend half the day. There are multiple castles, each built by different kings and royal family members. I recommend hiring a guide so they can give you the history

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Addis Ababa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A must visit to understand how the medieval kings live in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Despite a huge damaged caused by both early Sudanese invaders and British airplanes in WWII the remnants prevail a heart warming history and architecture inspired 400 years ago. A Tour guide is mandatory in order to understand the full history of the castles. We are... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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443 attraction reviews
1,090 helpful votes 1,090 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I toured the Royal Enclosure at the end of a three-day excursion to the Gojam/Gondar provinces, starting in Bahir Dar and finishing on a plane bound for Axum. It is literally and figuratively at the center of the town of Gondar and virtually impossible to miss. My guide set up the specifics including entry and a local/on-site guide. The visitor’s... More

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Lagos, Nigeria
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The purpose of our family trip to Gondar was to see the 'Royal Enclosure'. There was plenty of room for the children to run around outdoors and the compound wasn't crawling with tourists, so we had many good photo opportunities. We hired a guide with Imagine Ethiopia Tours and were glad we did. Without a guide, the castles are just... More

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Certainly not to be missed if you find yourself in Gonder. Admission is now 200 birr. Lot of restoration still underway. Interesting to see how kings lived in grand quarters while the King of the Jungle (Lion Houses) were tiny and constricting! Definitely worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It's a cool place to visit if your in Gondar. Worth getting a guide to show you around. Takes about an hour to see but it is only a small site.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Belete, our tour guide was able to take us back in time and see how things have been. He also was able to explain the what and why but also the how. Because let's be honest....such a building in Africa...wauw

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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99 reviews 99 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Who knew Ethiopia had a tradition of castles? It was fascinating to visit this place and see these uniquely African castles, with Arab and Indian influences. Make sure you get a guide, because their knowledge is invaluable for learning about this place, and about how it ties into Ethiopia's very interesting history. Just being inside the Royal Enclosure is a... More

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