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Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions

Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions
Isabel del Rio

Traveling to Africa. Visit Gondar in Ethiopia, a different Camelot full of wonderful castles and old traditions.

Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions

Fasilides Palace. Gondar Castles

1.- Previously, Gondar was the capital of the Ancient Ethiopian Empire and the subsequent Begemder Province.

2.- Currently, Gondar is a city and separate district in Ethiopia.

3.- Gondar is north of Tana Lake on the Lesser Angereb River and southwest of the Simien Mountains. Really beautiful landscape!

4.- The city holds the remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (means: the Royal Enclosure). Thus, Gondar has been called the ‘Camelot of Africa.’

Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions

The Royal Enclosure. Gondar Castles in Ethiopia

5.- Until the 16th century, the Solomonic Emperors of Ethiopia had no fixed capital town. They lived in tents in temporary royal camps.

6.- In 1559, the rulers of Ethiopia (Emperor Menas) began spending the rainy season near Lake Tana. Then, some cities flourished for a short time, including Emfraz and Gorgora.

Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions

Dawit III Concert Hall. Gondar Castles in Ethiopia

7.- Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635. Tradition tells that a buffalo led the Emperor to a pool beside the Angereb River, where an old and hermit told him to locate his capital there.

8.- Fasilides built his castle and seven churches; the first two, Fit Mikael and Fit Abbo, to end local epidemics. The five emperors who followed him also built their palaces in the town.

9.- In 1855, Tewodros II moved the Imperial capital to Magadala.

Traveling to Africa. Gondar in Ethiopia is a Different Camelot Full of Castles and Traditions

Empress Mentewab’s Castle. Gondar, Ethiopia

10.- Today, Gondar has population about 200,000 people. It’s popular as a tourist destination, and it’s home to the University of Gondar, which includes Ethiopia’s main faculty of medicine.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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