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Gondar Holidays & Tours

Some 50 km north of Lake Tana, 748 km north of Addis Ababa and nestling in the foothills of the Simien Mountains, the ancient city of Gondar is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling experiences that Ethiopia has to offer, with its churches, castles and mountain scenery. 

Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia from the rise of Fasilades (1632-1635) until the fall of Tewodros (1855-1868), a status that is reflected in the many castles and palaces that grace the city. At first sight, the architecture seems to reflect Moorish-European influence and, indeed, the presence of the Portuguese in the 16th century may have influenced the design of some of the fortresses, but closer inspection reveals a continuity with the Axumite tradition. 

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