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Gondar is attractive because of its churches and castles. Gondar became the residence of emperor Fasilades and his successors and capital of the country, starting in 1636, for the next 200 years. The Gonderine period is one of the most colourful ones of Ethiopia's history. Gondar is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fortress city of Fasil Ghebby, the Royal Enclosure, is surrounded by a impressive wall of 900 M long. The enclosed area of about 75.000 sq Ms contains the recent restored Fasilades Palace, the Palace of Iyasu, the library, the chancellary, remains of a bathing pool, a lions house and more.
The buildings have Hindu and Arab influences, but you can also recognize the Baroque style, brought to Gondar by the Jesuit missionaires.
Outside of town lies Fasiladas bath It's a lovely and peaceful place. Around the bath, empty at the time of our visit, is a wall, at some places covered with the roots of the surrounding trees.
Visiting this almost serene place, you can hardly imagine the crowds, visiting this place at the Timkat ceremony.
In the north part of Gonder lies the Debre Berhan Selasssi Church, meaning ''Trinity at the Mount of Light'', one of the most famous churches of the country, because of its ceiling. At this ceiling you will see the heads of 80 Ethiopian Cherubs. All the faces have a different expression.
From Gonder you can reach Debark and the Simien Mountains in about 3 hours. There is a daily bus from Gonder to Debark... more travel advice
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