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