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Private Tours and Group Trips to Ethiopia

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Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia, is located about 748km north-west of Addis Ababa. The city is well-known for its castles and churches. Its medieval glory is reflected in the famous castles of the emperors of the time, especially that of Emperor Fasiledas. The castles of Gondar are the most visible expression of the relatively near past history of Ethiopia.

The castles of King Fasil's legacy date back to the 17th century AD. There exists no comparisson of this kind in Africa, often described as the Camelot of Africa. The Fasil compound (Fasil Gheebi) served as the royal residence of Ethiopian Emperor Fasiledas and his successors at the time that Gondar was the country's capital.

Enclosed within the 900m long wall are crenellated castles, palaces, churches and other buildings, some of them still intact enough to give an excellent impression of the era. Just outside the fortress city, there is another fine building. This building, sometimes associated by Fasiledas, is a bathing place. Once a year it is filled up with water to commemorate the Ethiopian Epiphany (Timiket) Festival.

Around the famous royal compound, visitors are encouraged to visit the ruins of the 18th century palace of Empress Mintiwab and the spectacular church of Debre Birhan Selassie, which is still incredibly graceful with its magnificent paintings.

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