Christianborg Castle, Osu
The Christiansburg Castle is currently known as Osu Castle and is in Accra, the capital of Ghana. It was built in 1659 and was named after the King of Denmark, Christian IV. The name Christiansburg means Christian Fortress.
The site where the castle is had an earthen lodge that had been put up by one Swedish African company back in the 17th Century, the Danes bought it from Paramount Chief Okaikoi of the Gas and built the castle.
The castle has experienced a lot of changes in ownership from its first owners, the Danes to Greeks, Portuguese, British and a Ghanaian Chief till the 1920s when it became the seat of government for Ghana.
Before the 1920s, the castle served many purposes such as the official residence of Colonial Governors, used in the trade of slaves, ivory, gold and even as a psychiatric asylum.
The Osu Castle had remained the seat of government in Ghana until 2013 when the president moved to the Flagstaff House. Find in the forecourts of the castle, the Asomdwe Park, where one of the Presidents of Ghana, Professor John Evans Atta Mills has been laid to rest.
Currently plans are underway to make it a presidential museum. Visit the castle to learn about heroes of the country Ghana but it is currently not open to walk in guests. Do not be stranded trying to get a place to meet any of your needs, locate the busy Oxford Streets in Osu, there you will find many avenues where you can stop to shop.
Board a “trotro”/mini bus from 37 or Tema Station all in Accra going to Osu and tell the “mate”/conductor you would alight at Osu Castle.
You can hire a taxi too from any part of Accra to the castle. Locate the castle off the shores of busy township of Osu.