Interior of the car on the way from Bahir Dar and Blue Nile Falls. The earliest historical records we have of this area date from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, Jesuit missionaries settlement on the banks of Lake Tana. Even today it remains a building of this period near the central square, which is associated with Pedro Páez, Spanish Jesuit missionary sent to Ethiopia in 1589. During the Italian invasion of 1935-1936, an Italian military column mobilized from Gondar occupied the city on April 23, 1937. During World War II, between 21 and 22 October 1940 the city was bombed by the Royal Air Force, and although the action did little damage served as impetus for the Ethiopian resistance. After months of skirmishing, the Italian garrison under the command of Colonel Torelli empezaró to evacuate the city on April 27, 1941. One of the palaces of Emperor Haile Selassie is located near the city, which is why the Emperor considered moving the national capital to the city, which did not materialize.