The Labaranga Mosque, Elmina Castle and other historical buildings in Ghana speak of the country’s strong history and culture which can evoke strong emotions among Ghanaians.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has encouraged Ghana to develop and submit a proposal for international assistance to create a conservation and management plan for the Asante Traditional Buildings (ATBs). Currently, the Buildings, listed as one of the World Heritage sites, have become vulnerable to climatic conditions and their preservation poses a challenge, according to the Organization.
Ghana field school immerses students in ancient forts—and the legacies of slavery; Bob Marcotte; University of Rochester
Rochester undergraduates work to analyze and preserve forts along the coast of Ghana, while exploring the cultural context of the structures they study.
What a Danish slave trade castle in Accra revealed about Ghana’s history and my family; Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann; Quartz Africa
Our work challenges traditional historical interpretations of the transatlantic slave trade based on European colonial written accounts.
UNESCO inscribed these traditional Asante buildings near Kumasi on the World Heritage Site list in 1980.
UNESCO inscribed these traditional Asante buildings near Kumasi as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1980. Parallel to Ghana’s growing economy is the construction of buildings using modern and western architectural influences. In an urbanization context, the traditional structures of the Asante Kingdom serve as witnesses to Ghana’s architectural heritage. The buildings were built with locally available materials, namely clay, wood, and straws and embellished with gorgeous and unique decorations.
5. Description and History –
Kumasi served as the capital of the prosperous Ashanti empire, which at its zenith in the 18th century, was one of the most wealthy and powerful empires in Africa. The empire’s decline commenced with the arrival of the British in 1806 when most of the kingdom’s buildings were destroyed.
19 forts, 3 castles, and several other sites important to Portuguese Atlantic trade in the 15th through 18th Centuries have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
5. Description and History –
The historic forts and castles along the coast of Ghana are the remains of sites that acted as protected trading-posts that were built over a three hundred year period between 1482 and 1786. These castles and forts were mostly built by the Portuguese and at times occupied by traders from Britain, German, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. These forts and castles were originally built by the Portuguese to link together their trade routes during the Age of Discovery and the rise of the Portuguese Empire.
Between the early 16th century and the middle of 19th century, the wicked trade in humans was booming. Millions of Africans had their freedom taken from them. They were forcefully captured, held under inhuman condition and shipped to the West Indies and America, then known as the New World.
Source: Unique nature of Elmina Castle
AT HIS whim, the Governor stood on his balcony to select one of the 400 female slaves gathered below to be his ‘mistress’ for the day.
Source: ‘No return’: Horror sex chamber
After five centuries the white-washed castles along Ghana’s Atlantic shoreline continue to dominate the horizon. These castles have no turrets nor towers nor moats with wooden drawbridges because they were originally built by early European explorers as fortresses to protect their durable trade goods.
Source: Ghana castles have rich history