Photos of the Month: Castles in Gondar, Ethiopia


Ethiopia has built its touristic reputation thanks to its impressive historical and cultural heritage. A friend of ours sent us pictures from a journey to the city of Gondar. Situated in the Semien Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, Gondar is north of Tana Lake on the Lesser Angereb River and southwest of the Simien Mountains. Gondar is famously known to holds the remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure). It's rightly considered as the "Camelot of Africa".

Gonder was the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 to 1855, and many castles and palaces were constructed by a series of emperors from Fasilides (reigned 1632–67) to Iyasu II (1730–55). The ruins of these structures stand within a walled imperial enclosure.

The Debre Birhan Selassie (Trinity and Mountain of Light) Church in Gondar is famed for its beautiful examples of Ethiopian church art. Built by an emperor and preserved by an archangel, it is also among the most important churches of Ethiopia.

We thank our friend to share his experiences in Gondar, Ethiopia.

Sources: Senait Ethiopia

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