Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle - Elmina Castle, also known as St.George's Castle, is a white-washed medieval castle on the coast of Ghana and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, Elmina Castle is the oldest remaining building in the sub-Saharan Africa. However, the castle's breathtaking surroundings with sandy beaches, clean air and tropical palms, disguise a dark history, considering the fact that Elmina Castle was the final place where hundreds, if not thousands, of African slaves would ever see of their homeland. However, while the Elmina Castle became synonyms with the slave trade, it was never intended or designed to be anything other than just a trading post. Nonetheless, the former slave fort has now been restored and turned into a museum, with tourist from around the globe visiting the castle. While the days of the slave trade may be gone, but the castle's interior still gives an eerie and haunting reminder of the past. Besides, visiting the Elmina Castle in ghana is without a doubt an unsettling pilgrimage that every visitor to Ghana should undertake for getting an insight of the unimaginable cruelties to which humans can be driven by greed.

In addition to being a famous tourist destination, Elmina Castle was also a popular filming location for 1987 German Drama film Cobra Verde. Preserved as a Ghanaian national museum and monument, Elmina Castle offers daily historical tours and is a must-see destination for African American tourists seeking to connect with their ancestry and heritage.