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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
Description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates...
A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
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Gonder

Description Gondar is 50 kilometres north of Lake Tana, 734 kilometres north of Addis Ababa and nestles in the foothills of the Simien mountains at 2,200 metres above sea level... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Description Gondar is 50 kilometres north of Lake Tana, 734 kilometres north of Addis Ababa and nestles in the foothills of the Simien mountains at 2,200 metres above sea level. Gondor was the capital of Ethiopia from the rise of Fasilades to the fall of Tewodros (1855-68) which is reflected in the many castles and palaces in the city. Attractions... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I've never been to a modern city with such a large variety of medieval architecture all in one space. This is amazing. Take a guide if you want to know more about the historic aspects, but even if you don't, the buildings are magnificent. You can imagine how life must have been as you wander through stone rooms with enormous... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This fortress-like Royal Enclosure and its historical significance in the story of Ethiopia had us enthralled as our guide moved from one building to the next. We did not expect that such a collection of palaces existed in Ethiopia (or indeed Africa). The buildings are a declared Unesco site and one can see why. The enclosure houses a series of... More 

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Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a very good tour guide (Filimona). I believe it is the tallest castle in Africa built before the 18th century. Every castle has it's own history. It is very important to get a tour guide to appreciate the 7 castles inside the compound. The World Heritage site shows Ethiopian civilization in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

During my last visit to Bahir Dar, i just try to make a short visit to Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar a certified Unesco heritage..Castle same as you can see in UK located at the heart of Gondar..just 2.5 hours ride from Bahir Dar.

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Zaragoza, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I wasn't expecting to find such buildings in Africa at all. It was almost like being at home! History is fascinating. Just a pity that some buildings were severely destroyed and that there is nothing inside. But still it's absolutely worth to visit.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Set within beautiful grounds the palaces of Gonder are a must see, the history spans generations and the grounds themselves are so tranquil. I would recommend taking a blanket and a book, journal or sketch pad and spend a few hours just relaxing here after your tour. Don't forget to check out the lion cages!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This castle is the most interesting tourist site in Gondar. It is its oldest site apart from the baths which probably date from a time after the emperor installed himself in the castle. You need to have a guide to show you around the facilities. There are guides who speak several languages if you do not know English.(for example: French... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We really felt the history, every picture was a postcard. Wish it was more organized. Do research before going unless you plan to use a guide.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I approach things with a bit of skepticism but this place is worth the visit. Gondar is common destination en route to the Simien Mountains. Take the time to pay for a guide to get the most out of your visit. I split the cost of a guide with some people I met trekking around Ethiopia, the local ex-pat that... More 

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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Amhara Region  >  Gonder

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