Gondar is north of Lake Tana and southwest of the Simien Mountains. The city has an elevation of 2133 meters above sea level and is nicknamed “The Camelot of Africa” due to the presence of a group of royal castles.[
Travel Ethiopia and visit this graceful city which was founded by Emperor Fasiledes in 1636, and was the capital of Ethiopia until the mid 19th Century. Gondar is famous for its medieval castles and the designs and decoration of its churches. The city’s main imperial precinct, called the royal enclosure, six graceful edifices, erected by the famous successive Gonderiane Emperors in the 17th and 18th Centuries as palaces, at the center of the town with a high stone walled fortification, an area of 70,000 square meter, with 12 symbolic entrances.
Because of their outstanding universal value they were included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1979.
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