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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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Fasil Ghebbi Castle Gondar

This castle is the most interesting tourist site in Gondar. It is its oldest site apart from the baths which probably date from a time after the emperor installed himself in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This castle is the most interesting tourist site in Gondar. It is its oldest site apart from the baths which probably date from a time after the emperor installed himself in the castle. You need to have a guide to show you around the facilities. There are guides who speak several languages if you do not know English.(for example: French... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We really felt the history, every picture was a postcard. Wish it was more organized. Do research before going unless you plan to use a guide.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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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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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 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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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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Address: Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
Location: Africa  >  Ethiopia  >  Amhara Region  >  Gonder

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