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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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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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Absolute must when in Gondar

This castle actually is a series of castles built across several centuries. There's a reason it's called the Camelot of Ethiopia. VERY impressive! Though one must pay extra, a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This castle actually is a series of castles built across several centuries. There's a reason it's called the Camelot of Ethiopia. VERY impressive! Though one must pay extra, a guide would be helpful

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing these group of 17th century castles was very mesmerizing. We had a guide who told us about the history and reasoning behind each castle. Looking at these castles really helped us actually visualize the history of Ethiopia and the strength of it's previous empires. It was great to be able to see castles like these in Africa! If you... More 

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Thank Fikrea T
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a couple of hours to visit the castle in Gonder. It costs about 200 ETB and a guide will run 250 ETB if I remember correctly. The guide is knowledgeable and professional (hire just after you buy your ticket from the local tourism association) and will certainly enhance your experience. If you've seen castles in Europe this certainly will... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 4 castles dating from the 17th century to the 20 th century and each one has its own history and architecture ! We were fortunate enough to have an excellent guide from Amazing Ethiopia Tours and Travels who spent more than 2 hours on explanations about the castles and providing us with anecdotes and details about this complex... More 

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Thank belleretraite
Arusha, Tanzania
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This collection of 17th Century castles and palaces is well worth the visit. Choose an experienced guide and you'll really enjoy the site.

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Certainly the most impressive fortification I have visited south of the Sahara, your mind can wander in this place and ponder the interactions of the Portguese, Arabic and Abyssian empires. We decided to forgo a guide so that we could see this place at our own pace.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This, by far, is why many people come to Gonder, other than the nearby Simien mountains. Fasil's palace is the start, but be sure you have plenty of time to wander around the ruins of the other buildings too. You are reminded of the might and strength the Ethiopian monarchy once had. Make sure that battery is charged up!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

fasil ghebbi is the great collection of big and attractive castle in one compound have a great and nice view.i had agreat time with my friends if you could get the chance to visit Ethiopia don't miss this opportunity to visit the Camelot of Africa(fasil ghebbi)

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The castles are stunning and there are lots of different buildings in the complex. You can spend a couple of hours leisurely exploring. There's not much information available unless you get a guide. The castles are right in the centre of Gondar so they're very easy to get to.

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Fasil Ghebbi is of five star caliber. However for a world heritage site, it still needs a lot work. Apparently UNESCO stopped its funding and the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism has not been able to finish off the castle, particularly the main one. This is a real shame because we are missing out quite a bit from the... More 

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