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Union Buildings, Pretoria Overview

The seat of the government of South Africa, and one of the most iconic heritage sites of the country.

The Union Buildings opened back in 1913, marking the Union of South Africa. This impressive structure was designed by Sir Herbert Baker himself, and it's 285 metre long body was built from sandstone in the British imperial style. The buildings are the most iconic landmark in Pretoria, and one of the most important in South Africa. Some may also remember the buildings from when Nelson Mandela was declared the first democratically elected leader of South Africa in 1994. The architecture of the building is striking, with the twin towers sitting at the front building representing the English and the Afrikaans languages. Only the gardens are accessible to the public, and since the building is located at the highest point of the city, these terraced gardens offer great views of the city. The gardens are adorned with several statues of important individuals, as well as memorials. The gardens are also often the location for concerts and major events. Spend a while relaxing with the family in the garden, enjoying panoramic views of Pretoria and also marvelling at this imposing historic structure.

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