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Address: Church Street, Pretoria, South Africa
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As a child growing up in Pretoria, this building stands out the most, I have fond memories of this and as a child thought that i visited a true castle, at nights with its amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

These are beautiful buildings. It was very moving to see the statue of Mandela and how proud people were to be in front of it. The grounds are lovely to walk around. We also enjoyed the crafts vendors.

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Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

As a child growing up in Pretoria, this building stands out the most, I have fond memories of this and as a child thought that i visited a true castle, at nights with its amazing lights, i true Icon of this city. A building that would highlight every childs dreams.

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit if you are in Pretoria. The view of the city is beautiful and the huge statue of Nelson Mandela absolutely magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately you cannot enter the buildings but they are beautiful from the outside! The gardens are quite lovely with wonderful views of the city. The Mandela statue is wonderful and there is a 'typical photo' that can be taken where you 'high 5' Madiba (see attached). There are many 'photographers' who are willing to take your photo but some may... More 

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely gardens and well kept grounds. The office of the president is just 200 Meters away so its not really a surprise you can't visit these buildings. Great view over the city and the Nelson Mandela statue is not to be missed! Watch out for these 'photographers' who offer to take pictures in front of the statue - I would... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Architecture is fab, but the gardens are a disgrace and memorial plaques are falling apart. Too much litter and not enough maintenance. Sad to know that the presidents office is merely 100 metres away.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Took our kids to see & experience the magnificent building & architecture of thé Union Buildings. Unfortunately the Buildings are now behind locked gates & not accessible to the public anymore. Defying the purpose to visit. The gardens are beautifully kept. Green grass & flowers, plants, trees etc. Even mid winter its green. But I would caution visitors to be... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The Union Buildings are a great place to go to see, there's a lot of history there. On a clear day you can see right across Pretoria which is lovely. Walking round the gardens is nice too.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised to see no curio stores lining the front of the road, the gardens were well kept, area cleaning , easy parking and great photo opportunities. We had kids aged 5 to 14 and all enjoyed the quick visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

he entrance to the place is clean and well maintained. This include the inside. The gardening is lovely and decent

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Address: Church Street, Pretoria, South Africa
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria

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