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).

Source (By Hgetnet (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)

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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Information sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia#Middle_Ages 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasilides

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasil_Ghebbi

http://www.britannica.com/place/Gonder

Image Sources:

Top image By Francesco Bandarin [CC BY-SA 3.0-igo (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0-igo)], via Wikimedia Commons

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