Gondar – The Camelot of Africa

Gondar – The Camelot of Africa

Gondar was the 17th century capital of Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Fasilades. It emerged as the largest permanent capital of Ethiopia next to Axum and Lalibela. It was an important administrative, commercial, cultural and religious center until the middle of nineteenth century.

The city’s unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1755 by various Emperors who reigned during this period. The first notable castle was built by Emperor Fasiladaes and he established the tradition that enhanced by his successors too. These dramatic castles, unlike any other African, display richness in architecture.

The most famous buildings in the city lie in the Royal Enclosure, which include Fasilades castle, Iyasu’s palace, Dawit Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Mentewab’s castle, a chancellery, and library. Near the city lies Fasilades’ bath (a place is where the annual ceremony of Epiphany (Timket) conducted), Debre Birhan Selassie church, the Qusquam complex and the eighteenth century Ras Mikael Sehul’s Palace are other attractions.

Gondar nowadays one of the world heritage site of Ethiopia and well charming touristic city that you can taste the impressive and still intact medieval art, music and culture. Visiting the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie, you will be an eye-witness for the rich decorations and murals of Ethiopian religious icons.