Gondar is a city located in northwestern Ethiopia. The city sits in the Semien Gondar Zone of Amhara region. Several streams that flow south into Lake Tana flank the City. Gondar stands at an elevation of 2,133 meters above sea level. The city bears a deep religious significance having been home to some of the oldest churches in Ethiopia. Gondar city is a famed tourist destination. The town features a picturesque sight of ruins in FasilGhebbi (loosely translated as the Royal Enclosure). It is from these castles where emperors exalted their authority in the land. The Royal Enclosure is home to Gondar’s most popular buildings. These buildings include; Empress Mentewab’s castle, Dawit’s Hall, Iyasu’s hall, Fasilides castle, a banqueting hall, stables, a chancellery, three churches, and a library. These castles are collectively known as the Gondar Castles, also known as the Camelot of Ethiopia. Gondar is a town that breathes heavy with history.
The best time of year to visit Gondar is from December to February.
Gondar can be easily reached by via air and road. You can also take domestic flight from Addis Abada to Gondat Airport. You can also take public transportation from major cities of Ethiopia, to Gondar.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is home to Ethiopia’s tallest peak, RasDashen Mountain.
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