Ethiopias Castle

In the 1600s an Ethiopian emperor by the name of Fasilides (1603-1667) built a large castle and established its location (Gondar) as Ethiopias capital. The castle is known as Fasil Ghebbi and covers abour 70,000 square meters (17 acres).

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Although it has a very unique architecture, it also resembles European castles of the same time period. Most likely that is no coincidence. During the rule of Fasilides, Ethiopia was a very powerful kingdom with contacts to Europe and India.

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