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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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+251 91 235 3133
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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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Excellent tour guide

The official guides can be hired at the castle. Mine, whose name was Time, was excellent. He spoke better English than any other tour guide I've had in Ethiopia and was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Scott C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The official guides can be hired at the castle. Mine, whose name was Time, was excellent. He spoke better English than any other tour guide I've had in Ethiopia and was well-versed in Ethiopian history, culture, and architecture. His off-season rate of 400 birr per day was a great deal, and he did not try to "upsell" me on excursions... More 

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Thank Scott C
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

“Ghebbi” means Garden by Amharic language which is a working language of Ethiopia, King Fasil is one of the Ethiopian king during the 16th century and this garden is established by him, in the Fasil Gibi you can visit many attractive palaces starting from the main Fasil palace to his children’s palaces, those palaces were built during the 16th century... More 

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Thank MickyEthio
Hamilton, Canada
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have seen many better castle ruins . It would be lovely at night as Sound and Light show . If short on time ...skip it

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Thank lloydmarilynn
Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice way to spend half a day; no need for a guide, just buy your ticket at the entrance and have a look around. The only unfortunate thing is that only the first floor of the castle is open the public. Also, included in the price of this ticket is the Fasiledas pool, where Timket is celebrated; so make... More 

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Thank jlb555
Djibouti, Djibouti
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Amazing castle, simply my favorite in the royal enclosure of Gonder Rather well preserved, gives you a glimpse of imperial life of Abyssinia in the 16-17th century

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Thank Araleh D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

The whole compound is really special and quite unique. It's a wonderful place to just wander around in, and I'd recommend giving yourself plenty of time to just relax and take it in. This site was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Ethiopia, and it was even better than I expected. I've visited castles all over the... More 

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Thank Rhona F
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Castle is truly impressive. My only recommendation is to do a bit of research on the guides. We took one of the guides at the castle (Charles or Charlie). He was nice enough but repeatedly answered his phone during the tour and seemed annoyed by some of our follow up questions to try and better understand.

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Thank Jennifer M
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

The Compound and the buildings/ruins in it give an image of the 17th century glamor in Gonder. It contains Palaces, Churches, banqueting halls, a zoo, a Clinic where traditional healers did their wonders, a trade school for the wives of the nobility, a sauna bath used by the Emperors, a Music school for both secular and religious musicians, an archives... More 

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Thank Minassie A
Shaka's Rock, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

There are 7 castles within this UNESCO declared compound which should really be seen with a guide. Very interesting histories and architecture which includes rain water harvesting, saunas and other points of interest. There are no toilet facilities so be prepared.

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Thank Stephne A
Bethesda, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

What's not to like about a historical castle in the midst of Africa? The guides are informative and welcoming. The buildings are in need of attention to keep them from further deterioration, but the funds don't appear to be there. Still, it's a great destination visit.

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