Gondar was the site of Ethiopia’s Capital City from the years 1666 to 1864. In 1635, Emperor Fasilidas built a historic castle complex. Also, there are many magnificently painted churches in the area as well such as Debre Berhane Selassie.

Gondar is the site of the annual Timkat holiday where thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are baptized. The ancient bathing pool built by Emperor Fasilidas is used as the baptismal site.