Gondar is situated some 750 Kms. north of Addis Ababa from which there are regular flights. There are buses from Addis which stop overnight on the way. It is one of the most impressive of Ethiopias old capitals. It was founded by Emperor Fasiladas in 1635 and remained the capital for some 250 years. The walled Royal Enclosure, which lies at the towns centre contains several well preserved castles and other buildings which give many hours of exploring. Also of interest are Fasil's Bathing Pool and the elaborately decorated Debre Birhan Selasie Church. The Italian influence from 1936-1941 still influences the town center.