After it was discovered the castles didn’t have furniture, chandeliers and beautifully dressed princesses coming down grand stair ways, the girls fixated on how cool the dungeons were going to be.
Unfortunately for all of the world and us in the moment, the dungeon was a structure that had been bombed out, so it was open a few stone walls, with grass growing. It also wasn’t the true dungeon in that it was just a holding cell before judgement.
There were no chains. No dank caverns down spooky stairways. The “real” dungeon was on another location. We had been touring just about long enough that the girls were feeling hungry and tired and this realization brought a disappointment that we couldn’t go on. We tried to find other things to distract ourselves.
We found the lion cages then. Until 1991, ceremonial lions were kept here. It alleviated our disappointments for a bit.
We toured a building used as the banquet hall.
Then, our brilliant tour guide took us around to another structure, the lion cages from another side. He called it the dungeon and let the kids in.
Here are the kids and their dungeon faces, chained to the walls, so stinkin’ happy we finally found something dungeony.
To wrap up Gondar, we would highly recommend it if you want to see amazing castles. If you happen to be obsessed with dungeons, maybe try a castle in Europe.