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Gondar

Unique Imperial Compounds

Gondar: known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound

Gondar was the 17th century capital of Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Fasilades. It has emerged the largest permanent capital of Ethiopia next to Axum and Lalibela. It was an important nerve center of the administrative, commercial, cultural and religious until the middle of the nineteenth century.

The city’s unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1755 by various Emperors who reigned during this period. The first notable castle was built Emperor Fasiladaes and he established the tradition was enhanced by his successors too. These dramatic castles, unlike any other African, display richness in architecture. During the Gondarian period the city flourished as the metropolis of art, music, and learning; subsequently marked Ethiopian architecture in a long-lasting manner

The most famous buildings in the city lie in the Royal Enclosure, which includes Fasilades castle, Iyasu’s Palace, Dawit Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Mentewab’s castle, a chancellery, and library. Near the city lies Fasilades’ bath (a place of where the annual ceremony of Epiphany (Timket) conducted), Debre Birhan Selassie church, the Qusquam complex and the eighteenth century Ras Mikael Sehul’s Palace are other attractions. Gondar nowadays one of the world heritage site of Ethiopia and a well charming touristic city that you can taste the impressive medieval art, music, and culture that still intact with them.

Fasiladas’ Palace Gondar, Ethiopia.

Fasilades’ bath is a place of where the annual ceremony of Epiphany (Timket) is conducted.

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