The City of Castles ‘The African Camelot’, Gondor
The World Heritage site is an outstanding testimony of the modern Ethiopian civilization on the northern plateau of Tana. The characteristics of the style of the Gondar period appeared at the beginning of the 17th century in the capital city and have subsequently marked Ethiopian architecture in a long-lasting manner. Flanked by twin mountain streams at an altitude of more than 2,300 m, Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilidas who, tiring of the pattern of migration that had characterized the lifestyle of so many of his forefathers, moved his capital here in 1636, a role that it filled until 1864.
The primary attraction is the “Royal Compound” with majestic castles. The castles are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1979.
Outside this enclave, there are fascinating historic sites such as the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes , the monastery and the ruined palaces of Qusquam, and the icon rich monastery of Debre Birhan Selassie.