or Black Star Square
So, you are in Ghana, exploring its beauty and richness. But, something feels missing… You are not someone who just travels to places, takes a bunch of photos, and comes back. You are someone who takes pleasure in first-hand experiencing the lives of the locals. You want to feel the places you land, so you are looking for destinations that can help spark such sentiments. Where do you go then? You go Independence Square, of course!
The Independence Square is a public square in Accra, Ghana, where the annual independence celebrations and other national events occur. You will be thrilled to experience this place for its importance in the hearts of the native population is a lot.
After Kwame Nkrumah became the first prime minister of Ghana post-independence, he ordered the construction of the Black Star Square to commemorate the sacrifices and struggles of the forefathers of the land. It still awakens the national spirit inside its people.
Some Interesting Facts
1. The Eternal Flame of African Liberation
After seeking independence, the then-prime minister Kwame Nkrumah lit the Eternal Flame of African Liberation under an arch. This flame still flickers in the memory of that auspicious day and makes it even more interesting for all of you history nerds out there.
2. It can hold 30,000 People
If you want to visit this place during one of its celebrations and are worried about the seats getting filled, you can relax a little. The availability of many seats allows you to find a place quite easily and allows you to be a part of the celebrations.
3. It is the Second Largest Town Square in the World
Did you know that The Independence Square is the second-largest town square, coming second only to the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China? Well, if this does not excite you, I do not know what will! If visiting such places in on your bucket list, then you should surely give this place a chance, for it will not let you down.
4. Increased Security
Since 2011, the security has been increased to stop people from taking close up photos, but nothing to worry since you are still allowed to take pictures of the area. However, you will have to take official permission from the soldiers to take photos.
Why Should You Visit this Place?
1. Historical Importance
Do you want to experience goosebumps and get tears in your eyes from overwhelming emotion? Well, this place is known to impact its visitors this way. If you get a chance to visit this place in one of its events, you will be amazed to see the zeal and zest of the people who attend these events. Without any doubt, it will make you instantly happy, making you want to visit this place over and over again.
2. A Treat for Tour Memories
On the other hand, if you would instead want to enjoy a peaceful time in this place, you can visit it any other time of the year. It is only occupied during the celebrations and is quite vacant otherwise. You can take beautiful pictures and make your Instagram wall look aesthetically pleasing.
Hey, I’m Madi, a travel blogger and photographer based in Adelaide, Australia. I’ve been writing travel blogs for many years, sharing my experiences and traveling tips with the world. Of all the places I’ve been to, Istanbul has my heart <3