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Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder

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Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Tourist Spot
Multiple towers and corridors define Fasil Ghebbi, an impressive remains of a fortress city that was once home of Ethiopia's emperors; today it is designated as a World Heritage Site. Built over the 16th and 17th centuries, the city's 900 m (2,952 ft) long walls protect Nubian-style palaces and a castle, three Orthodox churches, a monastery, and a bunch of public and private buildings blending Hindu and Arab influences. Jesuit missionaries gave the final baroque touch to the complex. Surrounded by scenic hills, these brick and stone remains, which span 7 hectares (17 acres), also feature a large banqueting hall, stables, and mansions. A visit to Fasil Ghebbi represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gonder online trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This was a nice place to see the Fasilides castle. Took maybe over 40 minutes to see everything and take photos. Next time I would definitely do a tour with a guide but I went with a couple friends I....  more »
  • What a fortress! It was fascinating to hear how successive monarchs had added to the complex here. Funnily enough, much was familiar from European castle history, even though the two cultures would...  more »
  • Very nice and interesting. One of the rare nice places in Gondar. Needs some maintenance but other than that it's very good if you like old castles.
  • Not overly visited by tourists. You have time to absorb the wonderful architecture and history of these well preserved buildings. Minor hassle on entry by sellers but overall a worthwhile visit.

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