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Fasil Ghebbi

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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries...

A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.

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Great day visit, good to do in one day.

I went to beautiful Ethiopia at the beginning of November this year and booked my first week with ETT (Ethio Travel and Tours). I visited Addis/ Gondar/ Lalibela/ Tigray churces... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to beautiful Ethiopia at the beginning of November this year and booked my first week with ETT (Ethio Travel and Tours). I visited Addis/ Gondar/ Lalibela/ Tigray churces and Harar - all of them absolutely stunning places. This is a little review about ETT: What I didn't know was that you don't get a guide who accompanies you... More 

Thank NinaLad
Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice castle complex - great views of differently dated castles (ca. 16-1700) with the opportunity to go inside one of them. Spending one-two hours strolling around the compound is relaxing and rewarding. Easy reachable inside the city.

Thank williwang
Windsor, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Access is from the south side of the complex as the other gates through the curtain wall have been sealed. The entrance fee of 200 Bir is not unreasonable, but it only allows you to wander around the complex: it doesn't even give you a map and it is not clear what the money is used for since the place... More 

Thank GavinKoh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is indeed very impressive, you can walk for hours just observing the palaces, walls, towers, and remains of the impressive capital. The entrance fee is 200 ETB per person, use of a camera is free, video is for an additional fee. You can take a guide if you want, but that is not compulsory. Then just enjoy :-)

Thank Petr P
England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are in the city centre and enclosed together. The first was built by King Fasiladas. James Bruce travelled to this part of Ethiopia and his description of a banquet is worth reading: you would find this in: Ethiopia by Philip Briggs, 6th edition, 2012pages 222-223. This is a good book though I disagree with some of the statements therein.

Thank LoveEthiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Each of the castles were built in turn by the incoming king. Getting a guide gives you information on who built what, who succeeded who, reason for death, length of power etc. Many of the castles were interconnected allowing family visits without leaving there castles. Interesting place to come for and hour or two, no more.

Thank lI0ve2h0liday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved visiting this castle! Interesting guide who pointed out things that I would have never seen otherwise.

Thank pharmgal
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

These beautiful castles are right in the middle of Gonder, and carry a deep history within them. The story behind the castles is as beautiful as the architecture and worth hiring a guide. Our guide, Solomon, was incredibly knowledgable and shared additional historical context for the region and the country. Our groups took some amazing photos, too. I recommend going... More 

Thank Kendraston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Aside from some sites in Somalia, this is the only castle in Sub-Saharan Africa that wasn't build during colonial times. That alone warrants a visit. Aside from that little fact, it is not very impressive and those who've travelled extensively through Europe will understand. The castle is located in a patch in the center of town together with different ruins.... More 

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Westwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The castle complex in Gondar is beautiful and worth seeing. It's at first glance hard to believe these castles are in the highlands of Ethiopia but the more you learn the more you realize they are part of the rich cultural history of the country

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