Fodor's Expert Review Independence Square
Many monuments mark this African nation’s struggles for freedom from colonizers, as evidenced by the three striking structures of this complex. The Flame of African Liberation, lit by the country’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, in the mid-1900s, still burns here. Marvel at Independence Arch. The Black Star Monument honors Ghana’s fame as the “Black Star of Africa,” the star representing African emancipation. Ironically, although the area is a tribute to freedom, President Nkrumah commissioned the square to honor the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.