Gondar Castle, also known as the Ethipian Camelot

Gondar Castle, also known as the Ethipian Camelot

Gondar (also spelled Gonder) is a city in Ethiopia. The main attraction is definitely the castle.

Gondar Castle, dubbed the Ethiopian Camelot, is not a single castle, but instead is the name given to the entire complex of castles and palaces in the area. Once you pay 50 Birr, which includes a guide, you can explore all of the buildings that make up the castle.

Fasilides Castle. Built in 1640 as the home of King Fasilides.

Iyasu Palace. This was the home of Iyasu I, the son of Yohannes I. An earthquake and bombings by the British destroyed its once ornate and lavish interior, but the structure itself remains mostly intact and is the largest in the area.

Mentwabs Palace (Kusquwam).

Fasilides Bath. Separate from the castle, it once served as the bath for King Fasilides. Today it is used as a Baptismal during Tikmat.

Debre Birhan Selassie Church. A short way out of town, it seems more like a fortress than a church at first glance. This is because the local churches were once vulnerable to attacks by the Sudanese. There are twelve towers guarding this church, each representing one of the twelve apostles. The church itself was built at the end of the 17th century. it is worth a visit to see its amazing ceiling with intricately painted angels. There are also other religious images on the walls. Churches like this were once quite common in the area however, this is the only church to survive the Sudanese attacks, making it even more of a treasure. 25 Birr but a student reduction is possible.

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