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Elmina Castle, Elmina

Understand the very essence of slave trade at Elmina Castle, a World Heritage Site originally built to organize and protect the gold and slave trade conducted by European settlers of the 15th century. You can tour slave dungeons and the ex-governor's luxury suites with staircases leading to slave quarters below. Built the Portuguese, the castle was the first European slave-trading post in sub-Saharan Africa. Don't miss the canons rusting on the battlements, from which you can also enjoy the view of the ocean. Using our international travel planner, Elmina attractions like Elmina Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We wanted to visit the castles but to be honest it was very depressing. It was rich in history and full of information. Visiting the castle and hearing the stories behind it reminds you how humans can...  more »
  • The Elmina Castle tells a sad tale about the history of the African people. Slavery played quite a role in the history of Africa and indeed, the bookshop in the Castle offers some insight in the form ...  more »
  • Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. Well worth the visit, but beware the sea shell sellers in the car park.
  • It is great to have history preserved like this. Elmina Castle truly is a national treasure and a place to learn important historical lessons.
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