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“Black point in history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Elmina
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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.
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“Black point in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

the history of slavery is black point in history of civilized countries now, you can have the chance to experience the darkness of cells and corridors, see places of torture,
also the view of the city and the ocean from above the castle is really great

you should take care of sellers outside the castle they may try to force you to take stuff you dont want! they wrote my friends name on one sea shell and forced him to buy it!

Visited March 2012
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“Worth a visit when in the area, but don't make a special trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

There is lots of history here--if you have a decent guide you will learn some of it. If you tour Cape Coast Castle you will hear pretty much the same history--only a history buff or someone tracing their roots is likely to enjoy doing both Cape Coast and Elmina castles, so most tourists might choose one, and spend the rest of the time on the beach or shopping..

Visited December 2012
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“Elmina Castle Played a Significant Part in the Atlantic Slave Trade”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Also known as São Jorge da Mina Castle and St. George Castle, this is a worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site that began as a trading post ultimately becoming a slave trading location for hundred of years by the Portuguese, Dutch and English. African chiefs and slave catchers sold slaves at this bartering location.

Fortunately the castle has remained standing over the years, although in need of significant repair, to remind all of us of man's inhumanity to man.

Guided tours are included in the admission fee of approximately six US dollars and to take photographs another ten US dollars is expected. Tips to the guides are greatly appreciated (a couple of dollars can make their day). Beware of the hawkers outside the castle and just say no to every question/inquiry they will ask or you will be hounded over and over and over.

Visited December 2012
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“Part of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

This place is a must see when travelling on Ghana's coast. The guides are very knowledgeable and the exhibition in the old chapel is quite informative. The view over Elmina town is stunning.
Don't forget to also go visit Elmina's fish market.

Visited December 2011
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“A great insight into a shameful episode in history.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a must visit castle for anyone visiting the Gold Coast. We decided to come here rather than the more famous Cape Coast as we were advised by local friends it would be a lot less busy and more scenic. They were right on both fronts!. The castle location is really beautiful right on the coast, and next to the hustle of the fish market. It's already been mentioned that the actual building does need some maintenance, but I didn't think it was a big issue, and in some ways maybe its better to not ornate and beautify a structure with such a dark history. Our tour guide was very good. Both knowledgeable and articulate and really brought home the cruel facts and nature of the slave trade. Well worth the money and time to go on the guided tour. If you are in Ghana, do not miss this place

Visited February 2012
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