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Union Buildings

Church Street, Pretoria, South Africa
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Ranked #9 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The overall view of downtown Pretoria and the surrounding hills makes for a excellent setting of the gardens and building complex as well as the history portrayed by the statues. Wonderfull views late afternoon and early evening around sunset.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

WHAT A MASTER PIECE. THE ARTHITEC THAT DESIGNED IT WAS BRILLIANT. I pray that our new government is not going to destroy it like all our "afrikaans" statues. Why must they destroy everything we grew up with? There will be no heritage for our grand children. Worth seeing.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I've been here a few times now. It is quite something to behold as a South African. The lawns are well-kept and definitely inviting for picnic-goers. The grounds are neat. The huge Nelson Mandela statue that was unveiled in 2013 is definitely the attraction. Unfortunately there are many opportunists wanting to take your photo for a few rands which sometimes... More

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Urumqi, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This building has so much character. I used to spend a lot of time just looking at the building. In the past the building was not fenced around and there was some amazing trails to walk and hike around as well. No due to security issues it is all sealed up. Still love the building and its location. Great view... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The building is an excellent example of ancient architecture in South Africa. the site offers a full view of Pretoria. The area in front offers landscaped gardens.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The statue of Nelson Madela is a must see! The grounds itself are beautiful and well maintained. There was a lot of litter visible on the grounds at the time of my visit however this could be as a result of school kids who were visiting as part of a school excursion. It is disappointing that one cannot access the... More

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Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I don't know if it bothers anyone else that there are always people sleeping under the trees and outside of a place as important as the Union Buildings??

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Union Buildings are indeed spectacular not only for its classical design and gardens but the fact that it maintained its poise notwithstanding the fact that many cultures passed through its halls. Tourist guide review

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you stay in Pretoria, a visit to the Union Buildings is a must... The seat of the Presidency of South Africa, the Union Buildings was designed by the famous English architect Sir Herbert Baker. It is an impressive building and looks upon the vast expanse of Pretoria down. The statue of Nelson Mandela, the coat of arms of South... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Union Buildings were an easy walk from where I was staying and as such visited them several times. The buildings are impressive but you are not allowed to go inside them. The gardens surrounding them are pleasant to walk and there is a large statue of Nelson Mandela. There are some good shots for photographers but you need to... More

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