The Gonder Castle

We'll have to leave the wonderful folks of Gonder for just a bit to have a quick tour of the castle and it's several outbuildings. Or, as the self-appointed archeologists call it “the royal enclosure.”

This castle was built as the home of King Fasiladas (which unsurprisingly rhymes with Ozymandias–but more on that in a moment).

By good chance, Gonder was at the crossroads of several trade routes, so became a flourishing capital starting around 1636 and lasting a couple of hundred years.

Lonely Planet says this about the interior of the king's house: “In former times, the palace was sumptuously decorated. Gilded Venetian mirrors and chairs made up the furnishings; gold leaf, ivory and beautiful paintings adorned the walls. Visiting travelers described the palace as 'more beautiful than Solomon's house'.”And so let's take a look inside.

Seems like a few of them gold leaf paintings have a gone missin'. And that leads us into Shelly's poem Ozymandias. Or, as Yogi Berra once quipped “It's Deja Vu all over again.”


About This Place…

"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."


The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.


The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.