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Fasil Ghebbi

Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Gonder
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I have been to plenty of ruins and castles, and frankly I was wearying a bit of this sort of tourist attraction. But at Fasil Ghebbi I was reminded of why we like visiting such ruins. I was struck by the beauty and charm of the castles/ ruins, a striking sight under the clear blue skies. Lots of stories and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This site is also known as the 'Royal Enclosure' and is another must see in Gondar. Although some of the castles have been damaged over the centuries and especially by the Italians and English during the second world war, it is not too difficult to imagine that this at one time must have been Africa's Versailles! Do take a local... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The castles of Fasil Ghebbi in Gondar made the fantasy geek in me ecstatic. This complex datings back to the seventeenth century isn't particularly well preserved, however, it is in a wonderful state of ruin. I imagine this is what it must have been like visiting the coliseum before it bacame a tourist trap. I really enjoyed imagining how the... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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196 reviews 196 reviews
47 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This was truly an amazing cultural experience with lots of history that was explained by our guide. This is a must see when visiting Gondar, Ethiopia.

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Santo Stino di Livenza, Italy
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404 reviews 404 reviews
207 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

this castel is one of the best we saw in Etiopia. it is Unesco Patrimony and it is inside of the "citadela".

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Ewell, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing in one place! This is Ethiopian royal castles, library, archives, Hall of song, various church ruins / lion cages / Turkish bath, stables and other buildings that served multiple generations of the Fasilides royal family all in one enclosure. Do not miss it. We had a good English speaking guide... More 

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Southern Nevada
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140 reviews 140 reviews
59 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The Royal Enclosure is a huge dose of royal Ethiopian history from the Middle Ages. Every generation of royalty built a castle. It's all here and intact. Be sure to have a guide. You can walk around and look, it's all very photogenic, but a guide can give you the backstory that brings these buildings to life. The Royal Enclosure... More 

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Vilnius
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A big complex of palaces. You should have minimum half of the day to see everything arround. The bautiful palace of Fasilides, his son and his grandson. Concert hall (the remains), stables, turkish bath and etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Apparently, my review is unnecessary, since everyone coming to Ethiopia knows that Gondar is one of the most important points of interest here, and one of the most important points of Gonder is the Fasil Ghebbi. Do not miss it! However entrance fee is very high and quality of toilets do not corresponds to the rate of this object

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Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Yes, you must visit the castles! Really beautiful and take a guide. Our guide was Henoch and he was really good! The views are amazing!

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