Union Buildings, Pretoria

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Visit the modern day acropolis of Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African government that overlooks the city. The neo-classical buildings were built using local sandstonemore than a century ago, and the iconic twin towers are said to represent the Afrikaans and English languages. You won't be able to tour the buildings themselves, but you can stroll through the terraced gardens surrounding them for views of the city below. The gardens feature numerous monuments honoring influential South African figures, including a towering bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. Put Union Buildings into our Pretoria trip itinerary builder site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • As someone who grew up in Pretoria and have visited the place several times, sometimes photographing weddings. So my review is based on the lived experience. The garden design remains one of the best,...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful public buildings in the world. The grounds as well as the huge statue of Nelson Mandela make this area of Pretoria a must visit/see location.  more »
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  • This was something I've wanted to see for a very long time! What beautiful architecture! Highly recommend that anyone go for a walk around these beautiful grounds.
  • The Union Building is the official president's office in the administrative capital of South Africa which is Pretoria. As you would know South Africa has a total of 3 capital cities which are Bloemfontein(Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative) and Pretoria (Administrative). The Union Buildings are a great picnic spot for a few hours. There is a beautiful view of the city. Be wary that there are no public toilets for public use.
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