Memories of a Empire - Gondar, Ethiopia

April 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Gondar of yesteryear was a city of extreme brutality and immense wealth. Today the wealth and brutality are gone, but the memories linger in this amazing World Heritage Site.  Gondar previously served as the capital of the Ethiopian Empire. The city holds the remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure), for which Gondar has been called the "Camelot of Africa”.

 

Fasiladas' Castle - Gondar, EthiopiaFasiladas' Castle - Gondar, Ethiopia

Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure) is the remains of a fortress-city within Gondar, Ethiopia. It was founded in the 17th and 18th centuries by Emperor Fasilides Fasil and was the home of Ethiopia's emperors.

 

King Fasilides commissioned the construction of what is know as Fasilides' Swimming pool, or Fasilides' Bath. Currently it is used for the re-enactment of Timket, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. Timket celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

 

Fasiladas' Bath Gate - Gondar, EthiopiaFasiladas' Bath Gate - Gondar, Ethiopia

It’s a beautiful and peaceful spot, where snakelike tree roots digest sections of the stone walls.

Fasiladas' Bath Turret - Gondar, EthiopiaFasiladas' Bath Turret - Gondar, Ethiopia Se'el Bet Chapel, Kuskuam - Gondar, EthiopiaSe'el Bet Chapel, Kuskuam - Gondar, Ethiopia

The Kuskuam complex was built in 1730 for the redoubtable Empress Mentewab, after the death of her husband Emperor Bakaffa.  The complex was set fire to by the Mahdists from Sudan during their sacking of Gondar in 1888

 

Kuskuam Tower- Gondar, EthiopiaKuskuam Tower- Gondar, Ethiopia

 

 

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