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You have only to stroll through the banqueting-halls and gaze down from the balconies of the many castles and palaces here to imagine the intrigue and pageantry that took place back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is when Gondar, Then the Ethiopian capital was home to a number of emperors and kings.

Gondar became the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of emperor Fasildas (1632-1667). Emperor Fasilidas is responsible for the building of the first of a number of castle–like palaces still found in the region. He established tradition that was followed by most of these successors whose buildings greatly enhanced the grandeur of the city. The city retained its preeminence until the middle of the nineteenth century, when emperor Tewodros II moved his seat of government to Debre Tabor and later to Mekedela.

As a result Gondar declined in importance and was subsequently looted in the 1880s. By the early nineteenth century the city was a mere shadow of its former self. More recently several buildings were damaged by British bombing during the Ethiopian liberation campaign of 1941 most of Gondar famous castles and other imperial buildings nevertheless have survived the ravages of time and together constitute one of Ethiopians most fascinating antiquities.

The Best Time To Travel

Gondar like all Ethiopians historic sites can be visited at any time of the year. The city is however a particularly good place to witness Genna Ethiopian Christmas on 7 January and especially Timket (epiphany) celebrations on 19 January.

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