Top Attractions in Gondar
Gondar (or Gonder) is a royal and ancient historical city of in Northern Ethiopia, once home to many emperors and princesses who led the country from the 12th century to the last decade of the 20th century, including Emperor Suseneos, Emperor Fasiledes, Empress Mentwab, Iyasu I, Tewodros II and Empress Taitu.
Gondar had also served as Ethiopia’s capital for almost 300 years from 1635 onwards, known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound dubbed ‘the Ethiopian Camelot’ (and also registered in 1979 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) , once also the seat of Ethiopian emperors. Dominating it is the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, which combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles. Outside the complex is Debre Berhan Selassie church, with an interior of elaborate murals, including a ceiling of facial icons.