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Review of Fasil Ghebbi

Fasil Ghebbi
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Gonder
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Owner description: A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Unfortunately the Italian did not make any good to the site by replacing some parts with 40's concrete, but after the UNESCO led restauration this site is a jewel and worth a visit. Book a Hotel Closeby to enjoy the views during the night

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Gondar is nicknamed "The Camelot of Africa" due to the presence of a group of royal castles.

Many picturesque ruins in the Royal Enclosure, from which the Emperors once reigned. The most famous buildings in the city lie in the Royal Enclosure, which include Fasilides castle, Iyasu's Palace, Dawit's Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Mentewab's Castle, a chancellery, library and three churches.

It is really impressive and with a knowledgable tour guide you will get most out of this visit. the castles are well preserved, but without a guide you will only get to see this attraction but you will miss out on the historical details behind it as no guide book will give you all the information (and there are no written explanations on the compound). If you are looking for a good tour guide, I would like to recommend Charli (+251 92 025 5520 or www.facebook.com/chalachew.bantiwalu).

Thank manusessler
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This really is odd. Its like a European medieval complex in the middle of ethiopia. Really interesting. The entrance is on the far side coming from downtown and isn't ridiculously priced. Guides are inside the gate but they won't hassle you much at all if you don't want them. Its enjoyable just wandering around by yourself but you won't really get the full value without a guide.

Thank HanamiPrincess
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Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful, well-preserved castles and ruins. At just 100 birr it might well be the most affordable World Heritage Site we've ever visited, too! The castles are in remarkably good condition considering they're 300 years old - quite a rarity, really. There are quite a few of them on the grounds and the entrance couldn't be more convenient to town: it's surrounded by it! The day we were there the place was deserted except for the staff manning the entrances. Strange having a World Heritage Site all to ourselves! Our only complaint would be the lack of descriptions on what you're seeing...you'll be clueless beyond the name and date of each castle unless you spring for a guide or read up on the site first.

Thank GlobalVagabonds
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

One thing I love about Ethiopia is the people's pride in their heritage and efforts made to preserve their national history. The place was well preserved and kudos to partners helping in the preservation of this great heritage.

Thank smwelu
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