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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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Feel like you are in Europe...in Africa

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a castle compound with a seven or so castles built by succeeding kings when Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia. When in Gondar, it is a must see. The buildings, in various states od disrepair and reconstruction give insights on the 12th century when King Fasilidas built the first castle. Two hours should be sufficient.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We had a guide, which enhanced our stay enormously. The decay of time has taken its toll on the site, but we were very glad to have gone there. We had a half day guide, which was fine, and we were slowed by an 18 month old child. For a regular party of adults, a half day guide would be... More 

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Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Well this is a must if you do go to Gondar. I met someone who was not thrilled with Gondar but I really liked it. I loved the hotel we stayed at and the sights to see. We went in the morning and the light was harsh but when I went back in the afternoon the light was so much... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wonderful old castle grounds and nice tour. Probably would've benefited from professional guide. Guide we got with site was nice but depth of knowledge not that great. English was adequate.

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I had a very knowledgeable guide for my tour of Gonder which is essential in visiting this castle complex. The buildings and ruins were interesting and I took some great pictures. It was a walk back in time and a great way to get into Ethiopian history. A must see in Gonder.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Made me want to learn more about Ethiopian history. I took some great pictures. On the plane to Gondar, the in-flight magazine 'Selamta' had a whole feature on the Gondar castles. It felt unreal to see the pictures on the magazine come alive. :-) I loved it.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Beautiful, must-see, historical site that will make you want to go back in time. I'm usually not particularly interested in sight-seeing, but this visit has changed my perception of historical visits! I had an exceptional experience being guided by Chalachew (aka Charli - email charlibanti@gmail.com). He made the visit so pleasant, gave me just the time I needed to enjoy... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Beautiful historical site that should be on everyone's must see list when visiting Gondar! The structures are amazing and I would strongly suggest having a knowledgable guide to share the stories and all the historical facts of the amazing castles.

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Huntsville, TX
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We never expected to see castles in Ethiopia, but here they were in the Royal Enclosure. We had a very knowledgeable guide, arranged by Elmi Tours (www.elmitourethiopia.com). Elmi also arranged our hotels and travel on our 7day tour of historical Ethiopia. I recommend having a guide here because a good guide can make the fascinating and long history of Ethiopia... More 

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