Black Star Square

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Black Star Square

Black Star Square, also known as Independence Square, is a public square in Accra, Ghana. Bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It is the second-largest city square in the world after Tiananmen Square in China.[1]

History[edit]

The square was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Construction ended in 1961 and it was christened "Black Star Square".[1]

Importance[edit]

Black Star Square is a site for Ghana's Independence Day parades which falls on the 6th of March every year. It also hosts all major national public gatherings and national festivals.[2] Every visitor is free to take pictures of buildings, including the Black Star Gate, but this might not include close-up shots of the Independence Arch.

Structure[edit]

Independence Square has stands that have 30,000 seating capacity. The square boasts two monuments: the Independence Arch and the Black Star Monument, also known as the Black Star Gate.[1] A statue of a soldier faces the Independence Arch symbolizing the Ghanaians who lost their lives fighting for Ghana's independence.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Independence Square in danger". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Black Star Square and Black Star Gate. Ghana-Net.com.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 5°32′51″N 0°11′33″W / 5.5476°N 0.1926°W / 5.5476; -0.1926