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Fasil Ghebbi

Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
+251 91 102 1308
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Mystical Gondar - and a great guide!

Gondar was a highlight of my trip to Ethiopia. The castle complex is incredibly impressive and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Johanna K
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Munich, Germany
The Royal Enclosure was home to the Emperors of Ethiopia from 1635 to 1855

The first castle was built in 1635 and each of the succeeding emperors added palaces, banquet halls... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dave_Sherri
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Seattle, Washington
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A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good41%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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+251 91 102 1308
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"royal enclosure"
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"castle complex"
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"ethiopian history"
in 9 reviews
"walk around"
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"guide book"
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"lots of history"
in 4 reviews
"points of interest"
in 2 reviews
"capital city"
in 2 reviews
"ticket office"
in 5 reviews
"unique architecture"
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"interesting stories"
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"come alive"
in 3 reviews
"tuk tuk"
in 5 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 7 reviews
"precious stones"
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"unesco site"
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"phone number"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Gondar was a highlight of my trip to Ethiopia. The castle complex is incredibly impressive and a truly mystical place. My guide Belete showed me everything and I would like to recommend him as a guide. He studies history and really knows everything around the...More

Thank Johanna K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first castle was built in 1635 and each of the succeeding emperors added palaces, banquet halls and entertainment venues. A knowledgeable guide is critical to understand what you are seeing.

Thank Dave_Sherri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was founded by Emperor Fasil (Fasilides) in 17th-18th Century, who establish the capital city in Gondar. There are 4 palace and one bibliotheque. Gasil Build first palace and the bibliotheque and the othe 3 palaces was builded from next emperors. The entrance cost 200...More

Thank Daniel968
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Well, if you are in Gonder/Gondar this is only one of the three or four places of interest in town other than the town itself and mingling with the population. Of course a place you cannot miss dating back to the 1600’s

Thank Etienne T
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

In Europe I have never seen a compound of castles built by the same dynasty from generation to generation. Europeans tend to adopt and adapt the ancestral home rather than build a semi-detached or fully detached new building. My guide with the translated first name...More

Thank Chrisbeeoxford
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

The best Tour Guide and organizer in Gondar.He is so informative with good smile...this os his address beletetery@gmail.com phone +251-936-60-16-17

Thank Bliiii
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Castles made by stone during 17th century in Africa, I was not expecting it. The complex, castles, walls, shows that once upon a time the Emperor were wealthy and had a luxury life. Ticket is 200 ETB for foreigner unless you have a resident permit...More

Thank omidhaka
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

17th century castles made of stone in Africa are rare. The rocky structures within the so called royal enclosure remind you of mediëval castles in Europe. It shows the Amhara people over 300 years ago had great skills. Having said that, the architecture of the...More

2  Thank Robert937
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

I mean i loved my trip to ethiopia, but again, this comlpex is not amazing. Its very cool you should definitely go, but its Simien and Danakil that will make your trips memorable. Cool old design, nice original doors, beautiful trees and nice history lesson,...More

1  Thank ilovecorndogs
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

We arrived and took a guide - which we would say is recommended as there aren't a lot of signs. Many locals, not many foreigners. The various Castle looking Buildings are very nice and not seen anything like this in Ethiopia. Our guide was very...More

Thank travelgrumpy
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