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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.

  • Last visit to Gonder: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 2, 2004
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Ali, it was interesting for me to learn about Gonder through your page! Thanks a lot for your travel advice!

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Dec 17, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      Victor,thanks for visiting and rating my pages. Gonder has a special atmosphere.

  • amsor's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    A very intresting page !

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Hello, Ali! Thanks for your interesting page! ><><><

  • toddecus's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Truly enjoyed your Fasilades Bath photo. Thank You for sharing. -T

  • maggiolina's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    that fresh bread is inviting.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    Thanks for the virtual tour of Gonder which I had not heard of before. The palace is beautiful! Great photos!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    Hi Ali, been a long time since I have wandered VT in this part of the world but seeing your tips brings me comfort. I can always trust your advise.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2009 at 4:16 AM

    always a tip of yrs on the VT HP -usually a tantalising pic of another of yr amazing visits!This place looks so fantastic!love the close ups of the paintings.Im in AddisAbaba next mth enroute to Burundi-sadly no time for anyelse!...a prep for next time!?

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Hi Ali - Everytime I see your Gonder Bread/Bakery tip on the home page, I swear I can almost smell the breads! I know they were delicious! Happy Travels!

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Your photos reminded me of my visit in 1976. Gonder does not seem to have changed at all.


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