Finally, some castles! In the center of the city of Gondar is a large-walled compound where many emperors lived. The main castle was the residence but almost every subsequent emperor had a structure built. The only castles are not just in Gondar but in the surrounding areas. Gondar is also known for a famous bath that many Ethiopian Orthodox Christians visit on Timket.
Given our constraints of time and seven kids, we only toured a few sights, the main castles in the city being first on our list. The history here is amazing.
Our group, in front of the main castle of residence.
The yellowish-toned castle here in the background was less spectacular, the tour guide explained because the emperor was very religious and didn’t want to spend money on a castle. The whole compound was bombed by the Italians and this castle sustained the worse damage so has been refinished.
Castles bring out a touch of drama in the whole family.
As J continues to model her princess drama…
Or here, where the girls are fainting into Jon’s arms.
A roof, never restored after the bombing.
The girls were a bit disappointed the castles weren’t furnished. :) We didn’t get to go far inside the castles, just the main floor.