Pretoria

Pretoria is a city located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is one of the country’s three capital cities, serving as the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital; the others are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital. Situated in the centre of the city, Church Square is the focal point of the administrative capital of South Africa.

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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa – is the national zoo of South Africa. It is situated in the city of Pretoria and was founded by J. W. B. Gunning. The zoo was originally established at the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899 and became the official National Zoological Gardens in 1916. Half of the zoo is situated on relatively flat ground, while the other half is located on the slopes of a hill. The two areas are separated by the Apies River flowing through the zoo. Two bridges provide access over the river.

Church Square – Church Square is the historic centre of the city of Pretoria, South Africa. ts most prominent feature is the statue of the Boer leader and president of the South African Republic Paul Kruger at its centre. Statues of four anonymous Boer citizen-soldiers surround that of Kruger’s on a lower level of the plinth. Several historically and architecturally significant buildings surround the square: the Palace of Justice, the Old Capitol Theatre, the Tudor Chambers, the Ou Raadsaal (Old Council Chamber) and the General Post Office, which was designed by John Cleland.

Union Buildings – The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings sit on Meintjies Kop and overlook Pretoria. These buildings, built from light sandstone, were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker in the English monumental style and are 285 m long.

Marabastad – is a business area near the city centre of Pretoria South Africa. Marabastad was a culturally diverse community, with the Hindu Mariamman Temple arguably being its most prominent landmark.

Menlyn Park – Menlyn Park is Pretoria’s largest shopping center. It houses the usual spread of big-name retailers to be found in most of South Africa’s major malls, and is Pretoria’s most prestigious and popular shopping centre.

Kruger House -It is the historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Milk was used, instead of water, for mixing the cement from which the house was constructed, as the cement available was of poor quality. The Kruger House is now a house museum that tries to recreate the ambience of the period that Kruger lived in.

Voortrekker Monument – The Voortrekker Monument is a monument situated in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk .

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