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Address: Church Street, Pretoria, South Africa
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when being in Pretoria, the union buildings are a must. there's a big garden in which you can walk and sit. and in front of the union buildings there's people selling really nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

when being in Pretoria, the union buildings are a must. there's a big garden in which you can walk and sit. and in front of the union buildings there's people selling really nice african things. but don't pay what they ask, you have to go under the price they give you

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Such a disappointment due to the fCt that the buildings are run down and poorly maintained. It's such a proud heritage and clearly not the same sentiment shared by our beloved Government

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Seat of South African Parliament, this heritage building has been long a centre of South Africa's politics. Whether it's Colonial era or apartheid era or present day, this building has always been power centre. Freedom park in front of the building, antique cannons protecting the building and the landscape in horizon telling the historical struggle for power make this site... More 

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Brasilia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Union Building is a very impressive site, but you cannot enter the building. The park surrounding the building is very enjoyable and it is possible to have a nice walk in the park and in the neighborhood. It is also possible to buy souvenirs from street vendors in front of the building.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We visited the Union Building whilst on holiday in South Africa. The gardens still look lovely and the view is great. The very large statue of Nelson Mandela is well worth seeing. The traders selling African jewellery are well worth visiting should you want something different. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

a very nice place, butiful garden, parliament. And of course the Madiba statue. Friendly and nonaggresive souvenirsellers. I miss a place for sitting down for a rest and a refreshment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A beautiful and proud buidling representing lot's of SA history. Great views over the city. Pity however that access to the terraces is now blocked as a few years ago, one could stand on the spot where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Definitely worth a visit to have a very good view of the city of Pretoria. Regrettably the upkeep and maintenance of the gardens and surrounding area is disappointing. Sad reflection of the "attitude" and "outlook" of the government and governement officials that we would expect would want to "showcase" the Union Buildings, the gardens, surrounding area and Pretoria.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I enjoyed visiting there and seeing Nelson Mandela's statue - it's very large by the way! The garden was lovely and we'll kept. The only problem I had was that you couldn't go inside the building, had to stand on the side of the road and just like stare at it. Other than that, it was safe and entertained me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very beautiful, especially in summer when the gardens and flowers are in full bloom. Lots of photo-opportunities available within 200m of walking. Well worth the visit.

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