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Union Buildings

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Address: Government Ave, Pretoria, South Africa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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$52.47*
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If only we could tour inside!

It's a majestic building, the symmetry, the view, the feeling of great things that can happen here, as well as that have happened. I just wish we could do a tour inside, this... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Christiaan J
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Belsele
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can only see it from the outside. Not allowed in. At the front a very beautiful park with a nice view on Pretoria.

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Thank Yirra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a majestic building, the symmetry, the view, the feeling of great things that can happen here, as well as that have happened. I just wish we could do a tour inside, this was ceased some time ago. The massive statue of Nelson Mandela is breathtaking!

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Lusaka, Zambia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I like to go to Union Buildings for the garden more than the actual buildings. For tourists to Pretoria this is a must see for some South African history.

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White River, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 17 year old son to see the buildings up close. He was amazed at the structure. The buildings of the past were absolutely brilliant. The only thing that was really disappointing to see were the vendors. I don't believe that this is the place for that.

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Thank Gill J
Otavi, Namibia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building houses the Government of The Republic of South Africa with historic features. It is very popular place with tourists as it houses the statute of the Great Madiba, the first black President of South Africa. You haven't been to Pretoria if you don't visit the Union Building. It gives a very good view of the city with its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building complex is the most famous landmark of Pretoria. Although it is closed to the public for safety reasons, the large garden is accessible. You can visit the statues, including the tallest effigie of Nelson Mandela. It is very common to find newlyweds having their picture sessions with this nice background

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Thank Vaquitalekker
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is amazing that these buildings are in South Africa. It really looks like it could be in any European capital City. Really worth the visit to get a great view of Pretoria

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Thank Greg G
Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two arms of the buildings resoresenting British and Afrikaans, joined by a "union" link, are high up and now have a large bronze statue of Nelson Mandela also looking down on the attractive gardens. Well worth a visit but beware of many touts trying to get you to agree to having your photo taken by them and the stalls selling... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This building is indeed impressive and stands high above the city. The gardens are well maintained and there is a huge statue of Nelson Mandela in the gardens. Be aware that there are numerous steps and on a hot day there is little shade and the steps can be hard work. U cannot actually go into the Union buildings so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place with lots of pictures spots. Deserves the visit – and the park itself is free. Besides, no one can go to Pretoria and miss a photo under Mandela’s statue there.

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