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Union Buildings

Church Street, Pretoria, South Africa
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Ranked #8 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Carry your camera coz the view is awesome!!the union Building towers down the city of Pretoria, with a neckline of great garden and what a view of Nelson Mandela towering over the city too! wear low shoes ladies.😊

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

You can't go in. The outside looks good, and the park and Mandela monuments opposite are worth a look, but don't plan to spend half your day here.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Apart from what many say, this is one of the nicest and free places to have a picnic. They have lots of trees which offer lovely shady spots, and the grass and gardens are very well maintained. Just remember to bring your blankets, chairs, hats, food and entertainment.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A walking distance from the Sheraton, Premier Hotel, etc You need to check it out for yourself You can take your family for Frisby, mini-soccer game and jogging if you are into that sort of a thing too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Beautiful gardens with a 9m high statue of our first democratic president Nelson Mandela. Beautiful art craft work sold by local marketers (worth seeing).

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Pretoria
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Union Building by Sir Herbert Baker is an architectural masterpiece and something worth seeing. However, when making you way into the gardens to Madiba, the entrepreneurs taking your pictures are really annoying. I understand that they are trying to make a living. But their constant nagging after I said "no thank you" made us leave quicker than we intended.... More

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Phalaborwa, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Not too much to see here, the gardens are very pretty though, though some were withered. It's a nice place for a stroll in nature. The Union building is quite something to look at too and the Mandela statue is HUGE! It was a nice touch that camera men were standing by to take photos with an instant printout, but... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A must see while in South Africa and even more meaningful if you're up to date on history and the changes within this country in the last 25 years...if you're not...try to brush up to make your visit all that more meaningful and inspirational! Spectacular grounds...incredible historic relevance...

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Nairobi
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Its a great place where you can view the city well. The statue of Mandela makes the place look magnificient

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Pretoria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Union Buildings used to be accessible to tourists until the mid 1990s, when the buildings themselves were fenced and fortified by the new government. Visitors can, however, still drive to the front of the buildings and look southward over beautifully kept terraced flower beds. A war memorial at the top is a reminder of how the two main elements... More

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