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Fasil Ghebbi

Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Gonder
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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19 helpful votes 19 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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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

It's a place full of old stones, a quiet place in the middle of the city of Gondar and you should get to know the history and stories about it. This is best done with a good guide. I got Charlie (real name: Chalachew, reach him at: charlibanti at gmail.com) by chance when i arrived in the morning when it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

It is a big complex and I think that if you go there without the guide it could be quite boring. Good guide brings life to cold stones and makes visit so much more interesting.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I have been to plenty of ruins and castles, and frankly I was wearying a bit of this sort of tourist attraction. But at Fasil Ghebbi I was reminded of why we like visiting such ruins. I was struck by the beauty and charm of the castles/ ruins, a striking sight under the clear blue skies. Lots of stories and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This site is also known as the 'Royal Enclosure' and is another must see in Gondar. Although some of the castles have been damaged over the centuries and especially by the Italians and English during the second world war, it is not too difficult to imagine that this at one time must have been Africa's Versailles! Do take a local... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The castles of Fasil Ghebbi in Gondar made the fantasy geek in me ecstatic. This complex datings back to the seventeenth century isn't particularly well preserved, however, it is in a wonderful state of ruin. I imagine this is what it must have been like visiting the coliseum before it bacame a tourist trap. I really enjoyed imagining how the... More 

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