Photographer's Note

Gonder, the beginning of my trip, was the 17th century capital of Ethiopia, and is notable for its Medieval Castles and churches.
It was the first permanent capital of Ethiopia after several centuries during which Ethiopia was ruled from a succession of temporary capitals.

The city's unique Imperial compound contains a number of Castles built between 1632 and 1855 by various Emperors who reigned during this period.

These dramatic castles see workshop are the reason of the nickname of Camelot of Africa, and, unlike any other in Africa, display richness in architecture that reveals the Axumite traditions as well as the influence of Arabia.

The day we left Gonder it was Palm Sunday, so I took the chance to visit, early in the morning, the church of Addami Kuddus Mikael adjacent to the Imperial compound. The church compound was crowded by white dressed pilgrims and the religious ardour permeate the place sharing a great feeling and atmosphere.

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