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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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Impressive castle!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Araleh D
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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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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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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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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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