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Union Buildings

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Address: Government Ave, Pretoria, South Africa
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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I go here a lot just to get the view of the city. It's beautiful at night. When you get to see the city lights.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I go here a lot just to get the view of the city. It's beautiful at night. When you get to see the city lights.

Thank krugerodette
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Forget the buildings, even though they're mighty and impressive. Forget the buildings I say, and look at the gardens. Beautifully maintained, they are a jewel to behold from above (building level) and a joy to explore.

Thank Yvonne W
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful Heritage site to visit with friends and family Neat gardens Beautiful picnic spots Nice Curro sales Nice food and snacks

Thank venasshree
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Union Buildings, built 1910-13, is the seat of the president of South Africa. Built on a high "acropolis" overlooking the city of Pretoria-Tshwane, the administrative capital of South Africa, it is fronted by 39 acres of beautiful terraced gardens offering broad views over the city from west to east. In the amphitheatre, President Mandela was inaugurated on 10 May... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Union Buildings are very worthwhile seeing, if only for the spectacular statue of Madiba (Nelson Mandela). The buildings are also of historical value. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built of limestone from a quarry in the Warmbaths (Bela Bela) area, it is a magnificent building. It is a pity that the buildings themselves are all fenced off, as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick stop here to see the sites and one has to go see the massive Nelson Mandela statue. Union buildings in the backgrounds makes this the perfect picture and selfie place in Pretoria. Gardens are well kept and you might as well have a picnic while you are there. Safe also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great attraction to visit in Pretoria, safe and offer the opportunity of buying a souvenir. Nice for a walk and for taking pictures.

Thank Marcel V
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't a lot of tourist sites in Pretoria, but the view from here will make you like the place. The buildings themselves are some of the most beautiful government architecture anywhere.

Thank Richard F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Architecture. The buildings date from 1910. Great view over Pretoria CBD. Big garden for picnics or for kids to play.

Thank Jessica G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a bank holiday so couldn't really see much as it was all locked up but the grounds were stunning and there seemed to be a lot of people picnicking in the grounds and simply enjoying the fantastic South African weather

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