Gonder- the Camelot of Africa
Gonder, former capital of Ethiopia, founded in 1636, by Ethiopian emperor Fasiladas and became the country’s first permanent capital. It became Ethiopia’s principal cultural center and a major market for trade. The city is situated in northwestern Ethiopia; Gonder has become some of the Ethiopia’s most important historical sites. The city is famous for its Castles and Palaces, most of which were constructed in the 17th century. Also of note are the bath of Emperor Fasildas (built from 1632-1667), the library of Emperor Yohannes I (built from1667-1682), and the remnants of 44 ancient churches. Gonder is the site of the public Health College, part of Haile Selassie I University.