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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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Relook at the buildings

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Gill J
White River, South Africa
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White River, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Gill J
Otavi, Namibia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Vaquitalekker
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Greg G
Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Mary H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank johnsteele507
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

Thank Nora2012_12
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a sight!! The whole old city before you clad in purple Jackaranda. Beautiful gardens to explore. Safe and tranquil. Not to much to do or see but definately worth to visit if you are in the city.

Thank 865ajb
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Union Building was designed by Sir Herbert baker and construction started in 1910 and was completed in 1913. The building is constructed of sandstone and is a national heritage site. Access to the building is restricted as it house the office of the President of South Africa. The gardens are expansive and the public has full access to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings are in well kept gardens. Due to security issues access to the buildings is no longer possible for the public.

Thank MJLDroitwich

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