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“A sad piece of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle
Elmina, Ghana
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Elmina
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The European traders built and occupied many forts along the coast of Ghana in the 15th-17th centuries to protect their trading posts.
Goa, India
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“A sad piece of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

One of the famous slave castle on the Ghana coast which was featured in the Werner Herzog movie Cobra Verde with Klaus Kinski. A sad part of Africa's history because of the slave trade but also an eye opener as the slave trade was started by the Africans themselves and was later taken over by Europeans.
The building is well preserved although maintenance could be better. Nice bookshop where one can buy a book called"Ama" which is a true story of a slave.
After the castle go and walk through the fish market which is an interesting experience.

Visited April 2013
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“Fascinating tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We took a private tour of the castle which cost 20cedes in addition to the 19 cedes per person entry fee. Well worth the money. Fascinating and informative tour of the castle highlighting the rather grisly castle history. Fantastic views from the castle walls. Extra cost to take pictures. You will be taken through numbers gift shops so pace yourself with the souvenir buying!

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A history lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Walk with a guide from the castle. Richard took 10 of us and told us the brutal, harrowing story of it's history and it was worth every penny.

Visited June 2013
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“Lots to learn in West Africa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The castle has been kept in good conditions...the views are impressive...there is a market nearby which makes it harder for cars to go thru easily...but in general the Castle itself was very interesting to visit. Bats are inside but do not be afraid, they are fruit bats only. Entrance fee is US$10.

Visited April 2013
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“Important and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Elmina Castle is the oldest European building in sub-saharan Africa. It and the other slave-trading castles in Ghana are Unesco World Heritage sites. Elmina Castle is easy to get to, right in the middle of the fishing area. A really good guide is included in the admission price (although if they see you have a camera they are going to charge you for taking pics so if you don't want to take pics inside put your camera away way before you get inside). The tour is very interesting and going into the dungeons is a sobering and important experience for all. There are also beautiful views of the town of Elmina from the top of the castle. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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