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The wondrous country of Ghana in West Africa has many beautiful places worth visiting, and Kumasi is definitely one of them. This settlement is the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is an important center of tourism, and this fact has a good impact on the infrastructure of Kumasi. Many historical landmarks and architectural points of interest are in good condition. Foreign tourists enjoy visiting this city in West Africa, get themselves familiar with its past, and visit the most notable attractions in Kumasi.
During archaeological excavations in the region, scientists discovered that the first settlers in this area appeared yet during the Neolithic age. At that time, people tried to settle near a source of water, and this is the reason why the first settlement was located close to Lake Bosumtwi. We have almost no information about the early history of Kumasi. The first official mentions of Kumasi as a town date back to the 90s of the 17th century. The city became the capital of the Ashanti Confederacy at that time. The settlement got this honorable status because of the activities of its ruler, Osei Tutu.
Ashanti was developing and growing in size. This region was enjoying the life of an independent country, and Kumasi was its center. In 1874, the Third Anglo-Ashanti War started in the region. Many battles happened within the city territory. Due to military actions, a part of Kumasi including the royal residence was completely destroyed by the British troops. The king was expelled from his land. He managed to return to his homeland only fifty years later. Kumasi regained its status of the capital of Ashanti. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
When visiting Kumasi for the first time, many tourists start their acquaintance with the city from one of the major landmarks – the Manhiya Palace Museum. The opening of this venue took place in the 20s of the previous century. The palace is situated in the northern part of Kumasi. Considered the largest historical attraction, this palace is in pristine condition. For a long time, this was the residence of the royal family of Ashanti. Currently, the palace is open to visitors.
Having explored this landmark of Kumasi, you will see how the royal palace looked like inside. Nowadays, there is the city court in the inner yard of the Manhiya Palace. As all sittings of the court are public, everyone is welcome to visit them. The museum exhibits household items that the royal family used in the past and paintings that describe the everyday life of the palace and let us see how the rulers of Kumasi looked like. Besides these items, there is a large photo gallery that illustrates the life of kings in the past and present.
Would you like to find out more about the history of the city? In this case, don’t forget to visit the Cultural National Center that is open in the heart of Kumasi. It was founded at the beginning of the 50s of the 20th century. The historical museum open in the center has an interesting exhibition about the first settlers in this region. A large collection of swords and armor that once belonged to Ashanti warriors tells many interesting stories about the numerous victories of local people in the effort to establish the confederacy. The true pride and the main treasure of the museum is the Ashanti rulers’ throne made from gold.
The Akwasidae Festival is recognized as the most grandiose event in Kumasi. It is celebrated on Sunday, once every six weeks and takes place in the royal palace. This is not just a public holiday. Akwasidae is an official event that brings together leaders of local tribes and rulers from different African countries. The leaders try not to miss Akwasidae because this event marks the start of a new period in the local calendar. People try to have a good start, hoping that the whole period will be good as well.
No need to say that no Akwasidae is possible without the king of Ashanti who visits the event to announce the end of one period and the start of the new period. Lucky tourists, who witness this event, will see how the king appears sitting on the gold throne, and his servants hold the throne. The king is not the only irreplaceable person on this holiday. The president of Ghana also doesn’t miss Akwasidae. The president traditionally greets the people and wishes them a prosperous new season. Once the official part of the holiday is over, the celebration continues with various music shows and performances.
Kumasi has an airport that serves only domestic flights. The most popular way to reach this charming city in West Africa is to fly from the country’s capital, Accra. The flight lasts only fifty minutes. There is a longer way to get to Kumasi – by bus. The journey time is roughly four and a half hours. If you decide to travel in a car, the ride will be one hour faster. Tourists can always rent a car or find a taxi to Kumasi.

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