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Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions is a collective term adopted by UNESCO in referencing the European-style fortifications and outposts in modern-day Ghana. The term specifically applies to 11 ensembles including the following:
  1. Elmina Castle, Elmina
  2. Fort Saint Antony, Axim
  3. English Fort (Fort Vrendenburg), Komenda
  4. Fort Metal Cross, Dixcove
  5. Fort San Sebastian, Shama
  6. Fort Batenstein, Butri
  7. Fort St. Jago (Fort Conraadsburg), Elmina
  8. Fort Amsterdam, Abandze
  9. Fort Lijdzaamheid ('Patience'), Apam
  10. Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast
  11. Fort Good Hope (Fort Goedehoop), Senya Beraku
The Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairo and Luxor, on 22-26 October, 1979.

Photos of Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

Elmina Castle, Ghana
Elmina Castle, Ghana
Author: Edward Kamau (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Osu Castle, Ghana
Osu Castle, Ghana
Author: Stig Nygaard (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 5 23 27.708 E 0 29 36.996 in Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: VI

Location Map of the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

The heritage site is number 1 on the map.


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Visiting Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

The heritage site is spread throughout the country. It is best to get an experienced tour operator to help you arrange the trip.


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