Fasil Ghebbi – Ethiopia

Fasil Ghebbi is situated in the town of Gondar, Ethiopia.  It is the remains of a fortified royal enclosure, built in the 17th and 18th centuries, and was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, its architecture shows diverse styles influences. 

The complex of buildings contains palaces, churches and unique public and private buildings: Fasilides’ castle, Iyasu I’s palace,  Empress Mentewab’s castle, Dawit III’s Hall, Asasame Qeddus Mikael church, Elfign Giyorgis church, Gemjabet Mariyam church, a chancellery, a library, a banqueting hall and stables.  

This royal enclosure was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.




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