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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
Phone Number: +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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A stiking Castle Complex

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Minassie A
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 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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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 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 27 July 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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88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 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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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

A charming compound of incredible historic heritage. Experienced guides will explain the past of Gondar and the kings of Ethiopia who resided there. Fascinating experience!

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South East London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Several castles on one site and all ruined. The history is complicated but they are worth seeing if you have enough time and energy.

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Montrouis, Haiti
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

We took the whole family to visit all of the castles twice. One time we paid for a guide, and the next we decided to not have a guide. They tried to force us at first, but we still declined. It was very informative with the guide, but much more relaxed without.

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