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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
Phone Number: 251912353133
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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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An Experience of A Lifetime

I thoroughly enjoyed touring Emperor Fasilades' palace and learning about he and his family. Gondar had such a rich and beautiful history!! Everyone should come here at least once... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed touring Emperor Fasilades' palace and learning about he and his family. Gondar had such a rich and beautiful history!! Everyone should come here at least once in his/her lifetime.

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Whippany, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Who knew that you could find these kind of castles in Africa? Amazing structures and stories. Definitely worth a visit.

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

The castle clearly resembles Western old architecture, reflecting the relationship between Ethiopia and Europe.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

If you like history you have to visit Fasil Ghebbi. It has both Ethiopian and World War II history. The story of the great Kings of Ethiopia is fascinating.Then how Mossolini used it has his headquarters in WWII was extremely interesting. I highly recommend!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

A charming compound of incredible historic heritage. Experienced guides will explain the past of Gondar and the kings of Ethiopia who resided there. Fascinating experience!

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South East London
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294 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Several castles on one site and all ruined. The history is complicated but they are worth seeing if you have enough time and energy.

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Montrouis, Haiti
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We took the whole family to visit all of the castles twice. One time we paid for a guide, and the next we decided to not have a guide. They tried to force us at first, but we still declined. It was very informative with the guide, but much more relaxed without.

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Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure ) is the remains of a fortress -city within Gondar , Ethiopia. It was founded in the 17th and 18th centuries by Emperor Fasilides (Fasil) and was the home of Ethiopia's emperors . Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubianstyles . The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Ghebbi is... More 

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North Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Six castles built by the royals who lived there, each generation adding to the collection. Our guide told us the British bombed this landmark because the Italians were using it during the war, will have to check that. We returned at end of day and the light was beautiful for wandering through the gardens.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Nice castle with a great compound. Lots of trees. Nice place to relax on a hot day. Lots of local couples hanging around under the trees.

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