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Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder

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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  • Gonder is one of the places on pretty much any roundtrip tour of northwest Ethiopia and chances are you'll stop here. Here you'll find a number of fortresses that the king and his heirs made over the ...  more »
  • I only had short time and stroll through the place without a guide. However I could see and enjoyed all magnificent architect of the complex. Amazing...  more »
  • Beautiful historic ruins; recommend getting a tour guide to learn more since there’s very few signs explaining each castle. Kids under 10 are free.
  • It is a lovely tranquil place and the guides are excellent and will tell you all about their history.
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