Fasilides Castle, Gondarimage source
The reign of Fasiledas (1632-1667) was notable for his decision in 1636 to establish his permanent residence at Gondar, a place which his father, Susneyos, had already used for a time as the seat of Government. The establishment of a fixed capital was a significant departure from tradition, for it had become customary for the Emperor’s headquarters to move from place to place every few years. Gondar rapidly emerged as an important political and economic center and had a profound influence on Ethiopian History. Larger by far than any other town it was also culturally the most important: architecture, music and poetry, literature, painting and calligraphy flourished.