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“Very picturesque ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Fasil Ghebbi

Fasil Ghebbi
Ranked #3 of 16 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.
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“Very picturesque ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Royal Compound in Gonder comprises a marvellously Romantic set of picturesque castles and ruins, dating the 17th and 18th centuries. If one can resist the temptation to daydream of the Lord of the Rings as one wanders round the halls of the kings of Gonder, it is nonetheless fascinating to contemplate the complex mix of cultural influences in the architecture. A highly recommended visit.

Visited July 2013
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152 reviews
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“Fun visit to the castles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

One doesn't usually think of castles and palaces when one talks about Ethiopia. Perhaps that's why the Royal Enclosure in the city of Gondar is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. The buildings here showed a unique combination of Portuguese, Axumite, Moorish, and Indian influences. We enjoyed a nice stroll around the palaces and the grounds after lunch.

Visited December 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Impressive !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Entrance fee higher than elsewhere in the country but worth it. Fantastic architecture and guides are good. Highly recommeded.

Visited January 2013
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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“Amazing history tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

It's THE place to visit in Gondar. History coming alive. We had a very good guide, who told us lovely stories about people and things of the past. We greatly enjoyed.

Visited April 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“A million castles!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Tis is a gigantic castle complex. We loved it, and spent hours wandering around taking photos and getting lost in space and time. Hire a guide for the history, or go by yourself for the atmosphere. Both are equally rewarding!

Visited April 2013
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