Union Buildings

The building most synonymous with the city of Pretoria is definitely the Union Buildings. It was here that Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on May 10th, 1994. The Union Buildings still play an important role in South African politics, since it now serves as the offices for the presidency.

The Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, stands proudly atop Meintjieskop overlooking the City of Tshwane (formerly Pretoria). Construction started in 1910, shortly after South Africa was declared an independent Union.

Beautiful terraced gardens boast meticulously maintained indigenous flowerbeds and fountains. These gardens are also home to many statues and memorials, including the South African Police Memorial, War Memorials and statues of former prime ministers of South Africa General Louis Both and J.B.M Hertzog.

Entrance into the Union Buildings is no longer allowed due to security reasons, but the beautiful gardens of the Union Buildings are accessible to all at no cost.

 
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