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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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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I loved this place, it is full of an old world charm and you could really get lost in the stories of kings and queens. The castles are all kept in a good order and you can even go into some of them for a closer look. The best part about this place is that nobody hassled us to buy... More

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Aberdeen, UK
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171 reviews 171 reviews
88 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I expected a castle but didn't realise this was an entire complex site with many individual castles and buildings. Beautiful buildings and the main palace is well restored and you can enter the ground floor. Worth a couple of hours exploration.

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Atlanta, GA
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146 reviews 146 reviews
17 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
62 helpful votes 62 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
1,110 helpful votes 1,110 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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