Gondar

Gondar

Gondar, the medieval capital lies North of the lake and at the foot of the mighty Simien mountains. The town knew better days and still dream of its glorious days. The fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of Emperor Fasiledes, Eyasu the Great, Atse Dawit, Bakafa, Queen Mintuwab in the 16th and 17th centuries. King Fasiledes from the start wanted to establish a dynamic, modern and vibrant town, which effectively became an administrative and political centre. Today this vestige could be seen in the 900-m-long wall that compresses five main castles. Beyond the confines of the castle, just two kilometres away, there is a two-storey pavilion of a bathing palace associated to Emperor Fasilidas, which these days is used for the colourful Timket celebration. The bathing building stands on pier arches, surrounded by big banyan trees, and contains several rooms accessible by a stone bridge, part of which could be raised in case of attack.