Sights in Pretoria

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Church Square

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Situated in the centre of the city, it is the focal point of the administrative capital of South Africa. The large open space, formed part if the original survey of Pretoria by Andries Francios du Toit, whose map bears the date 2 March 1859.

The name derives from the fact that Reverent Dirk van der Hoff established a congregation there in 1854. After Pretoria had became the seat of the Transvaal government in 1860 important Government buildings were erected round the square such as the government Building, often refferd to as the ‘Raadzaal’ and the Palace of Justice more..

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Zoological Gardens

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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is situated on approximately 70 hectares in the heart of Pretoria. Since its inception in 1899 it has grown to such an extent that today it enjoys world-wide recognition. Not only is it the largest zoo in South Africa but one of the ten best in the world. More that one million people visit it every year. It is also the only zoo with national status. The zoo houses 140 mammal and 320 bird species, in the biggest inland see-water aquarium 300 fish species and in the reptile park. Ninety reptile species as well as several amphibian more..

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The Voortrekker Monument

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The Voortrekker Monument is a massive granite monument designed by Gerhard Moerdyk and built as a national shrine to commemorate the Voortrekkers. Inside the monument is the Hall of Heroes, the four walls of which are decorated with an Italian marble fresco depicting the history of the Great Trek in 1838. The floor of the main hall is pierced by a large circular opening. This reveals the symbolic cenotaph of the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, and his men. Precisely at 12 noon on December 16, the Day of the Vow, a ray of sunlight falls through an aperture in the blue-domed more..

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The Union Buildings

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In Pretoria the Union Buildings is situated on Meintjeskop. Meintjeskop lies on the eastern border of the farm Elandspoort. By 1870 this section, where the borders of the three farms Elandspoort, Daspoort and Rietfontein met, came into the possession of Stephanus Meintjes and was named Meintjeskop. Sir Herbert Baker had to build an administration building for the new Union. At that time it was the biggest building ever built. This building had different sections: It had 2 big office sections; a curved section combined the office sections with colonnades and an amphitheatre. The more..

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Kruger House

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Kruger House in Church Street
Kruger House in Church Street
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A short walk from Church Square in Pretoria, the residence of President Paul Kruger has been turned into a museum and national monument. Kruger made his home in this unpretentious little house from 1883 until 1900, when he went into exile in Europe. He died in Switzerland in 1904. As well as many of Kruger's belongings, such as his pipes, the house contains a host of other exhibits. These include the Vierkleur (republican flag) that flew for the last time in 1900 when Kruger left for Europe, unaware that he was leaving his homeland forever; the desk before which he must have more..

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