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A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
+251 91 815 6611
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Place lacks the charm of qusquam or the bath, no mystique to it anymore. Unfortunately we had a lousy guide (300 from the office inside, down from initial 400, rather than the 200 LP mentions). I'd read up on the history of Ethiopia before, and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Alemayehu had our whole day planned including the Fasilides compound with the castles, the Timkat bathes, and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church. (These must-see sites are described very well by 973NancyP.) Additionally, for lunch he guided us to a fabulous shekla restaurant where we ate...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank EthiopiaLover
Reviewed 1 week ago

we were here with a useless guide. The castle, etc was impressive, but without somebody who can bring it to live we didn't think much of it.... nice garden setting though.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JudeMul
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful guide named Bekele. Facilides is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. Ethiopian people did all of the work to build the castles. Emperor Easilides built the first castle which combines Portuguese, Indian...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 973NancyP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This complex of six castles is a most interesting place to wander through, especially with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide who can bring its history alive. Parts of the complex were damaged by British bombing and some restoration work has been done. Most of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lesly D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, Gondar! A beautiful mix of historical and humble cosmopolitan. We had a 5hr tour of the city and sights with a local guide named Bekele and he made it all very easy and enjoyable. It started with Bekele meeting us at L-Shape hotel where...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank James5180
Reviewed January 10, 2019

This is one of Ethiopia's treasures that stood the test of time since the early 1600s. Once you pay the entrance fee, you are free to roam around the grounds. You can get a guide for a fee if desired but i didn't see the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hiruy A
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to spend a couple of hours. The compound has 6 castles all quite well preserved. Take a guided tour as they have interesting stories to share. The buildings are all quite different. The compound is well maintained and the grounds are peaceful to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 24, 2018

On my recent trip to this beautiful country I was lucky to have met an excellent guide, Samuel Tedesse. He is a knowlegable guide who presents his country's beautiful sites with so much passion and love. He is responsible and trustworthy and willing to meet...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NatalijaM67
Reviewed December 22, 2018

I'm a photographer and I came to Gondar to photograph famous Timqat. One of my friends had recommended me Samuel. We spent all the day on taking pictures of numerous processions all over the city. He was very helpful during "navigation" in the crowd, had...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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August 24, 2018|
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Response from Mary T | Reviewed this property |
You’ll be totally safe, if not a bit harassed/scammed. Honestly.... Lali Bella is really great!! But Gondar is not worth the extra trip at all. Skip it. The castle isn’t more than 45 minute walk around/look and it’s not even... More
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Response from Yared W | Reviewed this property |
If you couldn't find the name of the company, just pick the name of the attraction and mention the name there and give your comment. For example when we visited Gondar, Lalibela and Axum this past July a company named... More