Gonder

Gonder

Gonder the medieval period Ethiopian capital. A visit to the Royal Enclosure that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the 17th  century palaces of King Fassiladas, King Iyasu and Queen Mentewab and different other buildings.

Visit also Fasiladas’ Bath, which is found in a peaceful, shady and beautiful spot, and well worth a visit. The ancient bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. The ceremony replicates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and is seen as an important renewal of faith.

Further a worthwhile visit to the rectangular Debre Brehan Selassie (Trinity at the Mount of Light) has a  ceilings decorated with beautiful winged Angels, and its walls with impressive scene depicting biblical events, including; St. May, the Saints, martyrs and the life of Christ.

A tourist can still visit also Kweskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Inside the palace look out the figures of crosses and Ethiopian characters and animals, such as St Samuel riding his lion.

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