Thursday, October 27, 2005


Ethiopia - Royal Palaces, Gondar
Originally uploaded by CharlesFred.
Spent the afternoon visiting the Royal Palaces in the Royal Compound here in the centre of Gondar. There are six palaces, dating from 17th century onwards, each built by a different Emperor. Fascinating.

The morning was spent at what must be one of the most beautiful churches in the world, the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, famed for its ceiling of angel faces, in archetypal Ethiopian Orthodox style, together with beautiful wall paintings. One of which was of the prophet Mohammed on a camel, others being the Nativity, Baptism, Last Supper, Crucifiction, and the nine Syriac saints who brought Christianity to Ethiopia. All housed in a wonderful church, hard to describe, but made out of wattle and daub.

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