Gondar and its medieval period

Gondar is 700 km north of Addis Ababa and a major historical destination on the historic circuit.

Gondar is famous for the the marvelous castles in the royal enclosure. (Fasil Ghebbi) There are six graceful castles in the palace compound built by the successive Gonderine Kings of the 17th and 18th centuries.


The tradition was first set by Emperor Fasiledes and then followed by his successors. The castle were built from local stone, hard dark brown basalt and red volcanic lava held together with lime mortar within the fortified royal compound at aboubt 70,000 square meters. The 12 symbolic entrances (gates) of the palace compound have various names and represent the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.

The castles are not the only historical sights of Gondar which has a number of other interesting historical places including Fasilidas\'s pool, Kusquam palace and the beautiful ancient church of Debre Birhan Selassie.

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