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Fasil Ghebbi

Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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Ranked #3 of 6 attractions in Gonder
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Addis Ababa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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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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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 reviews 5 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
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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Belete, our tour guide was able to take us back in time and see how things have been. He also was able to explain the what and why but also the how. Because let's be honest....such a building in Africa...wauw

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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82 reviews 82 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Who knew Ethiopia had a tradition of castles? It was fascinating to visit this place and see these uniquely African castles, with Arab and Indian influences. Make sure you get a guide, because their knowledge is invaluable for learning about this place, and about how it ties into Ethiopia's very interesting history. Just being inside the Royal Enclosure is a... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Worthwhile to visit and use a guide to get the history of the castles (about 300 to 500 years old). There are 5 castles on the grounds and it takes a couple of hours to see them.

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Shropshire,UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Full of wedding parties having their photos taken so a lot of people watching. Good site to wander round though needed our guide and guide book to explain what each building was.

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Tyler, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

There are a lot of things to do when you are touring around the "smaller" cities of northern Ethiopia - Lalibela, Axum, Bahir Dar, Mekele and Gonder. However, I would strongly suggest you take time to visit this 16th century gem when you're in Gonder! The guided tour from the local tour guides is very informative, and it's really amazing... More

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