Royal Compound and Monuments of Gondar
Royal Compound and other Monuments of Gondar, North Gondar Amhara Region, October 1979
The historic Gonderine town is very popular mainly because of the marvellous castles in the royal enclosure. There are six graceful castles in the palace compound built by the successive Gonderine Kings of the 17th and 18th centuries. The tradition was first set by Emperor Fassiledes and then followed by his successors. The castle were built from local stone, hard dark brown basalt and red volcanic lava held together with lime mortar within the fortified royal compound at about 70,000 square meters. The 12 symbolic entrances (gates) of the palace compound have various names that represent the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.