Pretoria - Monuments & Landmarks

Union Buildings

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.

Points of interest close to Pretoria - Monuments & Landmarks:


Pretoria Urology Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12423400
Weskoppies Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 319 9500
Life Eugene Marais Hospital

Results of ongoing patient satisfaction surveys tell us that a stay at Life Eugene Marais Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

Tel: +27 (0)123342777
1 Military Hospital

The main Military Hospital in South Africa.

Life Wilgers Hospital

At Life Wilgers Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: +27 (0)128078100
Louis Pasteur Private Hospital

Louis Pasteur Private Hospital offers a variety of exceptional and specialized medical services.

Tel: +27 (0)123366000
Mediclinic Medforum

Mediclinic Medforum, a multidisciplinary medical facility, is conveniently situated close to all main access routes to the Pretoria city centre.

Tel: +27 (0)123176700
Netcare Femina Hospital

Netcare Femina Hospital is a Centre of Medical Excellence that focuses primarily on the needs of women and their children.

Tel: +27 (0)123041700
Steve Biko Pretoria Academic Hospital

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital (formally Pretoria Academic Hospital) is a tertiary healthcare institution, rendering specialized and highly specialized services

Tel: +27 (0)12 354 1000
Denmar Psychiatric Hospital

Denmar Specialist Psychiatric Hospital was the first private psychiatric clinic in Pretoria. It has grown into a 170-bed hospital with an ECT theatre and Day clinic facilities.

Tel: +27 (0)12 993 2015 or 6
Mediclinic Kloof

Mediclinic Kloof is conveniently situated within easy reach of the N1. The hospital offers a broad spectrum of professional medical services.

Tel: +27 12 367 4000
Pretoria Eye Institute

Pretoria Eye Institute was Africa's first private eye hospital and takes pride in its dedicated, specially trained staff, advanced state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified team of experienced ophthalmologists.

Tel: +27 12 427 0000
Netcare Montana Hospital

Netcare Montana Hospital is proudly an up-market registered 162 Beds facility, committed to the delivering of the highest possible quality service

Tel: +27 12 523-3000
Netcare Akasia Hospital

Netcare Akasia Hospital is proud to have grown to a 162 bed facility with a new state of the art ICU and Surgical ward which opened recently.

Tel: +27 12 522 1053
Netcare Pretoria East Hospital

Set in spacious grounds to the east of Pretoria, Netcare Pretoria East Hospital is a flagship and ultra-modern facility.

Tel: 012 422 2300
Life Faerie Glen Hospital

Life Faerie Glen Hospital subscribes to Life Healthcare values that we believe are important to us in achieving our Vision and Mission

Tel: 012 369 5600
Netcare Moot Hospital

Netcare Moot Hospital offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for patients recovering from medical treatments as well as surgical procedures.

Tel: +27 (0)123308200
Pretoria West Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 380 1200
Netcare Akasia Hospital

Netcare Akasia Hospital is proud to have grown to a 162 bed facility with a new state of the art ICU and Surgical ward which opened recently.

Tel: +27 (0)125221000
Mediclinic Heart Hospital

Mediclinic Heart Hospital takes pride in the fact that we were the first, and still are, the only hospital of its kind

Tel: +27 12 440 0200
Zuid-Afrikaans Hospitaal

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital is a general, non-profit, independent hospital with a commitment to our fellow-men to provide high-quality patient care.

Tel: 012 343 0300 /1-8
Little Company Of Mary Hospital

At Life Little Company of Mary Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Tel: 012 424 3600
Netcare Jakaranda Hospital

Netcare Jakaranda Hospital is known as the country hospital in the city. The hospital has an active kidney transplant programme and offers world class renal dialysis and care.

Tel: +27 (0)124216700
Mamelodi Hospital

Tel: +27 (0)12 841 8300 / 1
Mediclinic Muelmed

Mediclinic Muelmed offers patients a broad spectrum of professional medical services and has the only private HIV Clinic in Pretoria

Tel: +27 12 440 0600

Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Loftus Versfeld Stadium with a seating capacity of 51,762 is located in Hatfield Pretoria and home ground of the Bulls rugby franchise.

Tel: +27 12 420 0700

Air Force Base Swartkop

Air Force Base Swartkop is managed as part of AFB Waterkloof and houses one of the three branches of the South African Air Force Museum.


Tshwane Events Centre

Tshwane Events Centre has the capacity, versatility and capability to host any national or international event from 10 to 10 000 guests

Tel: +27(0)12 327 1487
Universities & Colleges

University Of South Africa

University Of South Africa is Africa's leading open distance learning institution.

Tel: +27 (0)124293111
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Tshwane University of Technology has campuses located in Tshwane (Pretoria), Nelspruit, eMalahleni (Witbank) and Polokwane

Tel: 086 110 2421

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies)

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) is a public high school for boys and well known for its high academic standards, sports achievements, heritage and traditions

Tel: 012-3443805/6/7
Hoërskool Garsfontein

Garsfontein High School aims to provide learners with an opportunity to academic, sporting and cultural achievements

Tel: +27 12 998 6096
Pretoria Boys High School

Pretoria Boys High is one of the oldest schools in the Gauteng and with around 1500 pupils, it is the largest boys' school in South Africa

Tel: +27 12 460 2246
Hoërskool Waterkloof

Waterkloof High School is one of the top schools in Pretoria and has been awarded school of the year for three years running

Tel: 012 347 0277/8
Pretoria - Monuments & Landmarks The Voortrekker Monument