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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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  • The historically nostalgic edifice that takes you back in time and recounts the story of how slaves were treated and shipped abroad. This monstrous structure set at a strategically ideal location alon...  more »
  • interesting place to visit when you in the Cape coast. the tour guides gives you inept knowledge of the slave trade  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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