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. Put Union 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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Union Buildings Reviews
Beautiful building but the garden is a big letdown. Clearly the gardens are no longer enjoying proper attention. The building can not be accessed but could be seen behind the upper embankment was nice... more »
The imposing, elegant Union Buildings in Pretoria stand as a monument to the British and Afrikaaner forebears who helped to found and build South Africa. A great statue of Nelson Mandela stands on a h... more »
This was something I've wanted to see for a very long time! What beautiful architecture! Highly recommend that anyone go for a walk around these beautiful grounds.
The Union Building is the official president's office in the administrative capital of South Africa which is Pretoria. As you would know South Africa has a total of 3 capital cities which are Bloemfontein(Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative) and Pretoria (Administrative). The Union Buildings are a great picnic spot for a few hours. There is a beautiful view of the city. Be wary that there are no public toilets for public use.
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