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Things to do in Elmina

Best attractions to visit in Elmina

1. Elmina Castle - Elmina

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle is an important tourist attraction situated in the present day city of Elmina in Ghana. The castle was built during the Portuguese colonial rule in 1482. It was previously known as St. George of the Mina or São Jorge da Mina. Elmina was the first trading post established by the Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa. This makes this castle the oldest building in the region by European colonists. A museum is located inside the castle that educates visitors about the history of the castle. It also preserves the cultural heritage of the colonial period. The museum was built in 1996 through a joint initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ghana Museums & Monuments Board (GMMB) and Mid-West Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA). Exhibits inside the museum include centuries’ old paintings and photos of the castle, murals, stone implements, stools, ceramics, beads, gold weights and much more. Visitors can take a tour of the castle to learn about the items on display. They can also view places inside the castle that served as the governor's chamber, slave dungeon, and a prison where the King of Asane was once held as a prisoner. After taking a tour of the castle, visitors can refresh themselves by dining in a restaurant located nearby.

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