Website Category: Ancient Ethiopia
Criteria: (ii) interchange of ideas (iii) cultural tradition
Location and Values: The Fasil Ghebbi is situated in the town of Gondar on the high plateau of northern Ethiopia near Lake Tana. It is a fortified royal enclosure, resembling a European medieval castle, built by the Ethiopian Emperor Fasilidas soon after he moved his capital there in 1636. Gondar remained the capital under successive Emperors until 1864, each one adding to the structures within the enclosure, and building elsewhere around the developing city. The world heritage property covers the royal enclosure, with its 900m-long wall, and the numerous public and private buildings within.
Slideshow of the Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region: The slideshow includes 37 photos of this incredible medieval castle complex, showing the principal buildings in some detail with roof-top views and detailed studies of particular architectural features. The last couple of pictures show the situation of the Fasil Ghebbi within the modern city of Gondar, evocative images in the morning mists.
Slideshow of the Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region:
Comments and Impressions: This has to be one of the most remarkable and unexpected sights in the whole of Africa.
Google Earth View: To view satellite imagery of the Fasil Ghebbi on Google Earth, click here. This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing. It is worth taking a few minutes to explore the surroundings and understand how the castle complex is situated within the city of Gondar and its wider contemporary landscape.