The Elmina Castle is the first fort built for trading by the Europeans along the Gulf of Guinea. The Elmina Castle was formerly called the St George’s Castle and was built by the Portuguese. The Elmina Castle is situated in Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana.
Located in the fishing village, this castle is famous on account of the Colonial Slave trade that took place from the 15th Century. Currently a museum; it exhibits photographs, uniforms, Ceramics, bottles and beads. This historical site is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
The Castle is made up of many ancient and historical landmarks. These include fortified walls, dungeons where slaves were kept, the Slave export gate and the Gun defences.
The Elmina Castle is the first of many castles built in Ghana and the most popular. It also attracts a huge chunk of tourists to the Central Region, Ghana.
At the Elmina Castle, interesting things to do or points of interest include:
Some tourists prefer taking personal tours round the fort to really immerse themselves into the experiences of Slaves that went through that castle.