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Elmina Castle

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Address: Elmina, Ghana
Phone Number: +233 57 668 9142
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The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana...

The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana in the 15th-17th centuries to protect their trading posts.

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RELICS OF A HAUNTING PAST

Elmina Castle is one of the two main slave castles in Cape Coast region. Elmina was initially built by the Portuguese, but was eventually taken over by the Dutch who routed the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lagos State, Nigeria
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Warsaw, Poland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to visit but the Castle is in a bad condition. You need a good guide who will explain the history otherwise its not worth a visit. History is interesting.

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Lagos State, Nigeria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elmina Castle is one of the two main slave castles in Cape Coast region. Elmina was initially built by the Portuguese, but was eventually taken over by the Dutch who routed the Portuguese by going through an adjacent hill on which Sao Jago chapel was built. The Dutch converted that chapel into Fort Carolousborg to prevent another European power from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see. No matter how many times I've been here, I learn something new every time. The tour guides are fantastic; very detailed and sarcastic. Great views. Next to a fishing and shopping area. The restaurant next door is really good too.

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Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second castle we visited. Both moving experiences. The guide was good. Lots of walking. Nice gift shop with beautiful local art work.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The place tell you so much. i went there with my four family.if you looking to understand much about the trans-Atlantic slave trade then you cant miss this place. Located in the Heart of Elmina Fishing port pass the Elmina Coconut Bridge house hotel.

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Thank Nasir A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful but sad attraction . Learning the origins of this castle truly was sad to hear but also made me understand the history of Ghana better and the surrounding areas. The tour was very detailed and efficient . Really enjoyed coming here.

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Thank ReviewsByYaa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

A looming white structure surrounded by a beautiful lush backdrop of water and greenery which the Slaves that were held captive there for 400 years were unable to enjoy. A historical structure that holds the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade that many countries push under the rugs. A eerie journey through dungeons that you and 20 friends will feel... More 

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Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I toured the Elmina Castle on my own. I was the only person there when I arrived. I figured I would get a good tour since I was the only person around. I was wrong. I felt rushed the whole time and the guide did not speak about much in detail. While not as large as Elmina, I thought the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Having traveled 3 hours from Accra I was hoping it would be worth it. When you leave the main road and turn to the sea you will have to crawl along the last 200m as it busy but incredible. When you eventually make it to the car park you will be hassled by young men trying to sell shells. Tell... More 

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Northop, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I visited the castle 20 years ago but I had to go again to really understand what really happened less than 200 years ago. The guide was excellent and I remembered a lot from my previous visit. Visiting the holding cells was chilling. The colonial powers did not invent slavery but they exploited the Africans in every way.

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