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Fasil Ghebbi, are the remains of a fortress-city that was the residence of the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides and his successors in the 16th and 17th centuries. Fasil Ghebbi served as the home of Ethiopia's emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubian, Arab, and Baroque styles. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Empress Mentawab reigned from 1730 – 1755, but after 12 years of ruling from the palace in the royal compound, she decided to build her own palace and church outside the compound. Empress Mentewab built several significant structures in Gondar, including her own castle in the Royal Enclosure, and a large banqueting hall as well.