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Fasil Ghebbi

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Address: Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
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+251 91 235 3133

A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates...

A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.

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lovely and peaceful place to wander

Nice complex. Interesting to wander round without guide but guide worth it to understand history. Very peaceful. Popular with locals.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice complex. Interesting to wander round without guide but guide worth it to understand history. Very peaceful. Popular with locals.

Thank simienmonkey
Jersey City, New Jersey
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201 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I am surprised by the lack of love for this place. Fasil Ghebbi is a highly interesting historic complex of castles and other structures ranging from saunas to lion cages, honestly far more interesting than the bath or the church in Gondar or the stellae in Axum. You could explore on your own with a guidebook like Bradt, but I... More 

Thank Rahul P
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We were attracted by this nickname of African Camelot which is UNESCO site registered in 1979. However, on arrival, we saw the adjourning citadels in very different style which is nothing like Camelot! However, it is still a very interesting showing clear evidence of the vibrant trade the place must have conducted with nearby Sudan, Europe and the Middle East.

Thank Eric L
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Absolutely stunning place to visit. The castles are epic and you can explore each one inside and out. We had a guide showing us around which really helped understand the significance of the site.

Thank livinglifetothefull1
Turin, Italy
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329 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A wonderful complex of castles and other buildings in a well kept park. Really worth a visit. Wonderful photographic spots. The guides are good too, though not cheap.

Thank lauramtorino
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is a great unique place one has to see in Gonder. Visit the six castles of Gondar which date back to the 17th Century AD. It is relatively in good shape, and shows a unique architecture

Thank Muluken G
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87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is a very large area and when we visited there was hardly anybody else there which helped a lot. The castle need a lot of up keep and I doubt that this will continue but it lets you escape from the continous collection of "helpers" who hassle you on the streets. It also give s you a view of... More 

Thank Kimlet
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

If you want some hours of peace and quiet without the never ending hassle on the streets, you should come here. Of course you have to get rid of the crew of guides, offering their services at the entrance first, but they are actually not that bad. After paying the expensive entrance fee of 200 birr per person (for locals... More 

Thank Nora W
Modiin, Israel
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is an intrsting site to learn about Ethiopian Hisatory, but the castle iteslf is not that impressive, and after a while all the explanations about the various kings and buildings get a bit tedious. It is worth a short visit.

Thank LyanaModiin_Israel
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The official guides can be hired at the castle. Mine, whose name was Time, was excellent. He spoke better English than any other tour guide I've had in Ethiopia and was well-versed in Ethiopian history, culture, and architecture. His off-season rate of 400 birr per day was a great deal, and he did not try to "upsell" me on excursions... More 

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