Wonders of Ghana
The beauty of this country is known too little – undeservedly. Vigorous and diverse, Ghana offers a variety of amazing natural and man-made heritage values. The most amazing wonders of Ghana are:
- Historical local architecture. In Ghana are located some of the most interesting Sudano-Sahelian mosques. The best known among them is Larabanga Mosque. Even more interesting are the traditional local shrines with living religious traditions.
- Historical European architecture. In Ghana are located the oldest European buildings south from Sahara. Elmina Castle was constructed in 1482, several more fortresses – in the 16th century.
- Waterfalls. Although here are not found such giant waterfalls as in Venezuela, Ghana offers a variety of picture-perfect, romantic waterfalls.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 25 wonders of Ghana
The most recent medium-sized impact crater, 10.5 km across, formed 1.07 million years ago. Filled with an 8 km wide lake – the largest natural lake in Ghana. Surrounded by dense rainforest.
Wulin Mushroom Rocks
Unusual, mushroom shaped rocks, several meters high.
Beautiful waterfall with three steps, the tallest step is 25 m high, total height – 70 m.
Enormous rock plate on the top of another, narrower one. On the top of this formation can stand more than 10 people. A fine view of the surrounding forest.
Wli Falls (Agumatsa Falls)
The tallest waterfall in Ghana. Several steps with a total height of 400 m, the tallest is approximately 70 m tall.
This beautiful waterfall consists of two parallel, vertical plunges that fall directly into a river.
Akaah Falls (Akaa Falls)
An unusual waterfall with complex morphology, located in the rainforest.
Oda Big Tree
Enormous Cherry Mahogany (Tieghemella heckelii), 66.5 m tall and 3.22 m in diameter (12 m in circumference). Legendary tree.
Mystic Stone in Larabanga
Ancient sacred place on trans-Sahara route, site of legends.
Elmina Castle (St. George of the Mine Castle)
The oldest European building below the Sahara. This castle was constructed by the Portuguese in 1482 as the first trading post on the Gulf of Guinea.
Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg)
Historical castle, rebuilt several times since the 1660s. For much of the history used as the seat of the government of Ghana. Current building consists of numerous parts built in different times.
Cape Coast Castle
Historical castle, used in the slave trade. Current building constructed mainly by the British in the 18th century.
Nzulezu (Nzelezu, Nzulezo)
Approximately 400 years old settlement built on stilts in lake Tadane.
Wa Naa Castle
Residence of the king of Wala, fine example of mud-brick architecture. The current building was built in the 19th century.
Fort Coenraadsburg (Fort St. Jago)
This fort was constructed by the Dutch in 1652 to protect the trading post of Elmina.
Fort San Sebastian
A fort that was built by the Portuguese in 1523.
The best known of the Talensi ancestral shrines. The old rituals take place here up to this day. In the vicinities are located numerous other shrines, as well as unusual natural rock formations, caves. Visitors can enter the shrine only half naked. Some other local shrines have unique architecture.
Ussher Fort (Fort Crèvecœur)
This historical fort was built by the Dutch in 1649, enlarged, and rebuilt in later times.
Banda Nkwanta Mosque
A spectacular mosque, built from adobe in the 18th century. Unusually tall towers.
Fort Santo Antonio
Portuguese fort, constructed in 1515.
Massive wall, built to protect local people from European slave traders in the 19th century.
Okomfo Anokye’s Shrine
Shrine of legendary fetish priest, who lived here in the 18th century. Site of legends, hand and foot imprints in the stone.
Covering 500 years of Ghana’s history, The Ghana Reader provides a multitude of historical, political, and cultural perspectives on this iconic African nation. Whether discussing the Asante kingdom and the Gold Coast’s importance to European commerce and transatlantic slaving, Ghana’s brief period under British colonial rule, or the emergence of its modern democracy, the volume’s eighty selections emphasize Ghana’s enormous symbolic and pragmatic value to global relations.
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