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“Past and Present together for Human Rights”
Review of Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill
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Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg
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Mahatma Gandhi and Satyagraha Private Tour of Johannesburg
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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour
Ranked #3 of 183 things to do in Johannesburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We first visited the Old Fort originally built for the British soldiers to overlook rioting Boers in Johannesburg. It soon became a gaol and was notorious for incarcerating men and women who were against the apartheid government. Whites and Blacks were held in the most appalling conditions often without trial. Well known inmates were Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.The uplifting aspect of this tour is the Constitutional Court; built on these grounds with most symbolic architecture. A definate MUST for residents and visitors to Johannesburg.

Thank Sally A
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2016

Dear Sally A

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We hope you will continue spreading the word. Knowing that you were fascinated with how the place looks makes it worth our while and we aim to make people be aware of what the place is all about. Thanks for recommending the place. Hoping to have you back here soon!

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Constitution Hill

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The complex centered on the actual Constitutional Court which is in itself an interesting visit comprises the court, the Old Fort Prison and the Women's Gaol, fascinating look into the prison system under Apartheid, should be included in a trip to Johannesburg

Thank NigelDCapeTown
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2016

Dear NigelDJohannesburg

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We hope you will continue spreading the word. And glad to know that it is a place you would recommend for others to visit.

Kindest Regards,

Constitution Hill

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The history of the fort and the building is amazing. There is a wonderful art collection and the story behind most parts of the architecture. It is awesome to be able to go and sit in the actual Constitutional Courtroom where South Africa's best history is being established day by day. Must see for all tourists coming to Johannesburg.

Thank Luanne63
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2016

Dear Luanne63

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We appreciate the comments about the art displayed. Please continue to spread the word about our great heritage site.

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Constitution Hill

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We were privileged to have Albie Sachs as our guide. His experiences and first hand knowledge of the system in place under Apartheid was both entertaining and a reminder of how man can be so insensitive and intolerant of others. The conditions under which prisoners were held were disgusting and humiliating and a lesson to us all.
The birth of SA"s constitution is another story well worth the explanation and seeing the Court in action is fascinating.
The library and art exhibition adds to the experience and I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to know more about the injustices of Apartheid.

Thank PhilL1945
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2016

Dear PhilL1945

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. We are touched and humbled by your words, it goes without a doubt that everything that was done to make one understand what the new South Africa is about is being recognized. Knowing that the art work touched someone out there is also a resemblance of humanity, something we always strive for. Thank you for recommending the place and thanks again for the visit, hoping to see you soon!

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Constitution Hill

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My favourite place in Johannesburg. It is inspiring and humbling at the same time. The tours are wonderful and the history of the area tells a story of Johannesburg that not many know.

Thank Vanschoor
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2016

Dear Vanschoor

Thank you for your visit and review of ConHill. It is great to know that it is one of your favourite place in Johannesburg, glad you enjoyed the tours and we are hoping to see you soon. Remember to invite your friends and family along.

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Constitution Hill

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