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  • AN AFRICAN CASTLE - Africa
  • AN AFRICAN CASTLE - Africa
  • AN AFRICAN CASTLE - Africa
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The Ethiopian Emperor Fasilides came up with a unique way to protect his power base. He built a castle! Also know as Fasil, he founded the walled city of Gonder in 1634. With a high 900 metre long wall, he was able to build and protect a collection of palaces, churches, monasteries, baths and even houses for Abyssinian Lions. The fortress is the only one of its kind in Africa. The walled turrets, thick stone defences and even arrow slits to protect defenders look more at home in a European country. Most of the citadel is intact, showing the wisdom of Fasilides in erecting his defences.

Please visit my Gonder Page for a lot more information and great pictures:

DAO?s GONDER PAGE

Address: GONDER, NORTHERN ETHIOPIA.

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2008
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