Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
103Trip End Jun 24, 2006
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Miles Travelled: 65078
From Lalibela, we flew on to Gonder, which was the seat of Ethiopian power in the 16th century.
The "Royal Enclosure" contains well-preserved castles, which look very European as the designs came from the Portugese explorers in the 1500s.
The Zagwe Dynasty came to an end in 1270 when Yekuno Amlak took the throne, claiming Solomonic descent and re-establishing the line of succession through himself. There followed a time of increasing tension and several wars between Christians and Muslims. Emperor Galawdewos sought the help of the Portugese and defeated the Muslim leader Ahmed Gragn in 1543. His son Fasilidas re-established a permanent capital at Gonder in 1636.