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Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle was built in 1482 by the Portuguese, then taken by the Dutch in 1637, before the English got it from them in 1871. It is the oldest castel on the Ghanaian coast and a historical place not only because of its ominous use during the slave trade but also because it was the place where the Ashanti king Prempeh and later on the Ashanti queen were kept in jail.

This castle is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument and was also the main place where a movie by Werner Herzog and staring Klaus Kinsky, COBRA VERDE, was shot in 1988.

Here are some recent picture of the castle and the surrounding.

Click on pictures to enlarge and open a slideshow.

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