Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (1979)

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In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors. Surrounded by a 900-m-long wall, the city contains palaces, churches, monasteries and unique public and private buildings marked by Hindu and Arab influences, subsequently transformed by the Baroque style brought to Gondar by the Jesuit missionaries. 

Ethiopia 1964. Ethiopian king Serse Dengel, and a view of Gondar.

Ethiopia 1967. Wall Paintings from Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar Region, 17th century.

The below set of Ethiopian religious art are all from the so-called Zara Yaqob-period, and display church paintings from Debre Berhan in the Gondar Region. 

Ethiopia 1973. Ethiopian Religious Art from the Zara Yaqob-period.

In 1456 Zara Yaqob had witnessed a bright light in the sky (identified by historians as Halley's Comet, which was visible in Ethiopia that year), and founded immediately afterwards Debre Berhan in the Gondar Region, which was his capital until his death in 1468.  

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Other World Heritage Sites in Ethiopia (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Ethiopia section for further information about the individual properties. 

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