Fasil Ghebbi

UNESCO World Heritage Site


Emperor Fasilides' castle, founded by him in the 17th century

Official nameFasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region

Location GondarNorth Gondar ZoneAmhara RegionEthiopia

Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iii)

Inscription1979 (3rd Session)

Coordinates12°36′27″N 37°28′12″ECoordinates12°36′27″N 37°28′12″E


Location of Fasil Ghebbi in Ethiopia

Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure) is the remains of a fortress-city within GondarEthiopia. It was founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides(Fasil) and was the home of Ethiopia's emperors. Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubian styles. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Ghebbi is an Amharic word for a compound or enclosure.[1]

The complex of buildings includes Fasilides' castle, Iyasu I's palace, Dawit III's Hall, a banqueting hall, stables, Empress Mentewab's castle, a chancellery, library and three churches: Asasame Qeddus MikaelElfign Giyorgis and Gemjabet Mariyam.

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