Gondar is one of the main tourist attractions on the northern
historically circuit, best known for its 17th-century castles and
palaces as well as the fantastically decorated church of Debra
Birhan Selassie. Gonder was founded in 1635 by Emperor
Fasilidas and was the imperial capital for 250 years prior to the
rise of Emperor Tewodros.
The Fasil Ghebbi lies at the heart of modern Gondar and gives the city much of its character. This enclosure holds many castles with the most impressive castle being the original one.
This first castle was built by Fasilidas Circa 1640. It is made of stone and shows a unique combination of Portuguese and even Indian influences.
Debre Birhan Selassie Today there are said to be 44 churches in Gondar, at least seven of which date from Fasilidass rule. Debre Birhan Selassie, or Mountain of the enlightened Trinity, was one of these churches. Founded in the 1690s by Iyasu it was the most important church in the 18th century due to the fact that was the site of many royal burials.