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Gondar

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Gonder

(both: gŏn`dər), town (1994 pop. 112,249), capital of Amhara region, NW Ethiopia, at an altitude of c.7,300 ft (2,225 m). It is a regional trade center and a tourist destination. Once Ethiopia's largest city and a center of religion and art, Gondar served as the capital of Ethiopia from c.1635 to 1867. In the 19th cent. the city declined, and in 1887 it was sacked by Sudanese Mahdists (see MahdiMahdi
[Arab.,=he who is divinely guided], in Sunni Islam, the restorer of the faith. He will appear at the end of time to restore justice on earth and establish universal Islam. The Mahdi will be preceded by al-Dajjal, a Muslim antichrist, who will be slain by Jesus.
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). The city had a large concentration of FalashasFalashas
[Amharic,=exiles], Jews of Ethiopia who refer to themselves as Beta Israel (House of Israel). Long isolated from mainstream Judaism, they practice a form of the religion based on the Jewish Scriptures and certain apocryphal books; they also adhere to certain
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 (Ethiopian Jews), but most have emigrated to Israel. Gondar is noted for its architectural ruins. It has a university medical school.

Gondar

 

a city in northern Ethiopia; administrative center of Bagemder Province. Population, 31,000 (1968).

Gondar is the commercial center of an agricultural region and produces grains, oils, cattle, honey, hides, and leather handicrafts. It is the site of a medical college. Gondar was founded in the 17th century and was the capital of Ethiopia until the 19th century. A 17th-century castle is preserved in Gondar.

Gondar

a city in NW Ethiopia: capital of Ethiopia from the 17th century until 1868. Pop.: 191 000 (2005 est.)
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The background photo depicts the South Gondar hills.
In Gondar, Ethiopia, JHI is initiating a long-term program to provide healthcare screenings for Ethiopian Olim (Immigrants to Israel), as well as ongoing education for fellow healthcare professionals at Gondar University Hospital.
Accompanying the team were 29 final year optometry students from Ethiopia's Gondar University, who gained valuable practical experience from working in the outreach clinics.
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The Score Ethiopia campaign - a partnership between Wash & Go shampoo and educational charity Link Ethiopia, is aimed at building bridges, increasing awareness of Ethiopian needs and delivering 'no fuss' football facilities, educational facilities and water amenities to the Gondar region of Ethiopia.
The Score Ethiopia campaign - a partnership between Wash & Go shampoo and educational charity Link Ethiopia - is aimed at building bridges, increasing awareness of Ethiopian needs and delivering 'no fuss' football facilities, educational facilities and water amenities to the Gondar region of Ethiopia.
If you would like to make a donation to the University of Gondar via the store, please call (01670) 354000, or visit Specsavers Opticians, 5 Regent Street, Blyth, NE24 1LQ.
The Score Ethiopia initiative aims to provide the Gondar region, where not many children have any proper sport facilities, with a new football pitch, spectator seating and showering facilities.
In Addis Ababa and western Gondar, in the Amhara region, some claim that their ancestors were forced to convert from Judaism to Ethiopian Orthodoxy (Feles Moral many centuries ago.
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Other key historical spots include the castles at Gondar, giving glimpses of court life from 400-500 years ago, and Lake Tana, a huge lake dotted with serene islands on which monks continue centuries of study and contemplation.