Pretoria - Monuments & Landmarks

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View the Monuments & Landmarks in Pretoria - historical sites and venues worth visiting while in Pretoria.

Church Square
Pretoria expanded around Church Square, at the intersection of Church Street and Paul Kruger Streets.

The square is dominated by Anton van Wouw's fabulous bronze statue of Oom Paul, patriarch, president of the South African Republic (from 1883 until his flight into exile in 1900) and who is regarded as the "Father of Afrikanerdom".

Church Street, is one of the world's longest urban thoroughfares - it measures a distance of 26 km from end to end.

The buildings of note are the Old Raadsaal, completed in 1889 in a French Renaissance style, with a sprinkling of classical features; the graceful Palace of Justice; the South African Reserve Bank, and the modern Transvaal Provincial Administration Building.

Guided tours of the square can be arranged.

Union Buildings
It was designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker and was completed in 1913. This magnificent, crescent shaped red sandstone edifice looks over the city from the heights of Meintjes Kop, from where there are panoramic views.

Features of note, apart from the graceful architecture, are the statues, the Garden of Remembrance, the Delville Wood memorial and the Pretoria war memorial.

Church Street, City Centre
Tel: (012) 300 5200

African Window Museum
It is a centre for living culture and one of Pretoria's favourite tourist haunts. Apart from permanent exhibitions new exhibitions are on display regularly.

One of the most dynamic museums in Pretoria. Some interesting permanent exhibitions include:
Access to power - rock art exibition
Rainbow Collection - South Afrcan Heritage

Visagie Street, Between Bosman and Central Streets, Pretoria Central
Tel: 012 324 6082

The Freedom Park
Driven by the necessity for the diverse people of South Africa and the world to understand and appreciate the countrys struggle for liberation, The Freedom Park was born as a national and international icon of humanity and freedom.

The Freedom Park, with its Garden of Remembrance, is located on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop Hill at the entrance into Tshwane (Pretoria) from Johannesburg.

Phone: 012 470 7400 / 012 361 1675
Daily: free tours at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

The Kruger House
It is a modest, single storied building with a wide verandah. The house was presented in 1884 to Paul Kruger, by the volk, and here he held open court, receiving his people in informal fashion on the stoep.

It went on for a decade and a half until the British drove him away. The place has been restored to something to almost like its original character; on view are Kruger's furniture, his personal belongings, various memorabilia and his carriage and a stinkwood trek wagon.

60 Church Street
Phone: (012) 326-9172
Mon - Fri: 8:30 - 16:00
Weekends and public holidays: 9:00 - 16:00

The Voortrekker Monument
The massive Voortrekker Monument was built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. The great grey colossus can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria.

Two elements make it a site worth visiting: the Historical Frieze and the Cenotaph Hall. The unique marble Frieze is an intrinsic part of the design - in bas-relief 27 panels depict the story of the Great Trek from 1835 to 1852.

The Frieze does not only show the history of the Great Trek, but also depicts every day life, work methods, religious beliefs and the way of life of the Voortrekkers.

The central focus point of the Monument is the Cenotaph. On top of the Hall of Heroes' is an arch from where one can view the interior of the Monument.

It is through an opening in the arch that the sun shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December each year onto the middle of the Cenotaph and the words, 'We for thee, South Africa'. The ray of sunshine symbolises God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekkers.

Voortrekker Monument, Eufees Rd (M7)
Tel: (012) 326-6770 (monument) or (012) 323-0682 (museum)
Daily: 9:00-16:00

Mapoch Ndebele Village
The village belongs to the Msiza family and has developed into a large settlement where the traditions such as colourfull wall decorations, the architexture and beadwork of the Ndebele people have remained.

View Ndebele architexture, beadwork, mural art with handcrafted articles for sale. Open daily.

Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
Displays one of the largest collection of farm implements, tractors and vehicles of yesteryear. Cultural demonstrations are done by prior booking.

On the N4-freeway to Witbank turn off at Exit 27, take the Cullinan road and turn right at the 4-way stop on the R104.
Follow the R104 for about 4km.
Turn left at the signboard indicated with a steam engine.
Tel: (012) 736-2035/6
Daily: 8:00-16:00

Pretoria Museums
Pretoria Museums provide a glimpse of the rich history and culture of the city and South Africa.

These other places to see and visit include:
* Sammy Marks Museum
* Museum of Culture
* Museum of Natural History
* Melrose House
* Pioneer Open-air Museum
* Pretoria Art Museum
* Anton van Louw House
* Pierneef Museum
* Places of worship

Where to Stay
Accommodation in Greater Tswane-Pretoria Area are found in the cities of:
* Pretoria with suburbs such as Arcadia, Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Hatfield, Lynnwood and Silver Lakes.
* Centurion with suburbs such as Centurion Central, Clubview, Eldoraigne and Irene.

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