World Heritage Monuments

The UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are managed by the Global Heritage Fund which implements a program that works to empower communities through heritage preservation. It partners with local people, communities, organizations, and governments to both preserve the timeless heritage of the past, beyond just physical monuments and to also ensure that it is a vibrant and beneficial part of the present. Global Heritage Fund is forging a brighter future through heritage preservation, community empowerment, and responsible long-term stewardship. The fundamental mission at Global Heritage Fund is to sustainably preserve the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in developing regions of the world. Its vision is envision a world where communities are empowered to view their heritage as precious, appreciate it as a fount of inspiration, and protect it as a pillar of the past and an enhancement to the future.

UNESCO Listed World Heritage Properties in Ghana: The major designated world heritage monuments or sites in Ghana are the Forts and Castles along the coast of Ghana from Beyin in the Western Region to Keta in the Volta Region, including those in ruins, and the ten remaining Asante Traditional Buildings in and around Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region.

The forts and castles built by the European traders which served as fortified trading-posts and later slave forts were erected between 1482 and 1786, and still standing along the coast of Ghana between Keta and Beyin. Most of them were the trade routes established by the Portuguese and part of their world network during their era of great maritime exploration. The relevance of these moments to the world history cannot be underplayed as they serve as the relics of the infamous slave trade that forms a critical integral part of African History on one side and the American and European on the other as it regards the slave trade. They also represent a feature of the first West African contact with Europe and other continents as the buildings define the introduction of European architecture in Africa.

The Asante Traditional Buildings located in Kumasi are the only physical remains of the great Asante civilization which reached its peak the 18th century. The dwellings are made of earth, wood and straw, need to be consciously protected against the onslaught of time and weather if they have to be preserved for history. These monuments are significant because they represent Asante traditional architectural culture which was part of a civilization to reckon with in the 18th century in Africa. A preservation of such a history is worth its salt not for Ghana but also for people of African descent all over the world and the international community at large.

The following sites are on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Properties:

Mole National Park
Tenzug- Tallensi settlements
Kakum National Park
Navrongo Catholic Cathedral
Nzulezu Stilt SettlementTrade
Pilgrimage- Routs of North- West Ghana.

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