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gallery03.jpg gondar-castels-6.jpg GONDAR  
African Camelot” The graceful city of Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635, famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches. Flanked by twin mountains streams, Gondar retains an atmosphere of antique charm with aura of mystery.  The city was once a vigorous and vital center of religious learning and art. For more than two hundred years skilled instruction in painting, music, dance, poetry and many other disciplines thrived in it. Fasiledas and his successors saw their elegant capital as a phoenix. The so-called bathing palace of emperor Fasiledas is filled with water every year for the TIMKET ceremony.  The Castles of Gondar- built in the mid 17th century together with the surrounding centuries-old churches depict yet another sophisticated architectural wonders. The Castles are found in the city of Gondar, which has been the seat of government following Axum and Lalibella.