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Union Buildings, Pretoria

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Visit the modern day acropolis of Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African government that overlooks the city. The neo-classical buildings were built using local sandstonemore than a century ago, and the iconic twin towers are said to represent the Afrikaans and English languages. You won't be able to tour the buildings themselves, but you can stroll through the terraced gardens surrounding them for views of the city below. The gardens feature numerous monuments honoring influential South African figures, including a towering bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. PutUnion Buildings into our Pretoria trip itinerary builder site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Unfortunately the Union Buildings' gardens (including the Mandela statue) and access road (Government Ave) is now closed over weekends and public holidays - permanently. We used to cycle along the... 
    Unfortunately the Union Buildings' gardens (including the Mandela statue) and access road (Government Ave) is now closed over weekends and public holidays - permanently. We used to cycle along the...  more »
  • For anyone looking for an absolute gem of a place in the middle of Pretoria, this is a must see. The Union Building and its architecture, the gardens and historical artifacts are beautiful. This is... 
    For anyone looking for an absolute gem of a place in the middle of Pretoria, this is a must see. The Union Building and its architecture, the gardens and historical artifacts are beautiful. This is...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit with a stunning view of parts of Pretoria. It's easily accessible from different directions. The gardens are well maintained. But wow, the toilets stink. I hope they've improved since the last time. It's a shock to be surrounded by so much beauty and history, and get hit by the smell of dirty toilets. It's a disgrace. There's such a nice vibe here and for a moment you feel part of history as your eyes drink in those beautiful surroundings and the massive statue of Madiba. I love going there.
  • Beautiful place to visit. The grounds are clean, flowers colorful as ever. Also a great place to have picnic 😊 with friends 👪 and/or family. Definitely don't pass this ground when pass through Pretoria 🌟✨.

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