The Union Buildings form part of the logo for the City of Tshwane, the administrative capital of South Africa.
The sandstone building, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, was started in 1910 to commemorate South Africa’s Union-status, obtained in that year.
Entrance to the building itself is prohibited for security reasons, since it is the site of the Presidential Offices. However, the beautiful terraced gardens, which boast a wide variety of indigenous plants, are open to the public and provide a truly amazing view over the city.
It was in these gardens that former president, Nelson Mandela’s inauguration ceremony was held on May 10, 1994.
The gardens of the Union Buildings also house numerous statues and memorials,including statues of former presidents and a war memorial. The gardens are also the site of numerous celebrations arranged on an annual basis to coincide with national holidays.
Find accommodation in the City of Tshwane (previously Pretoria), and visit the Union Buildings during your visit.
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