Completed in 1913, Pretoria's Union Building are one of the most recognized buildings in South Africa. The Union Building itself is not open to the public, as it houses the offices of the President of South Africa. But the building's impressive architecture and beautiful surrounding gardens are well worth the visit.
The Union Building is made of sandstone and is 275 m long. The two wings at either end were intended to represent the bilingual nature of the country, and symbolized the unity that these two cultures had achieved since the Anglo Boer War.
The building is surrounded by beautifully terraced gardens of indigenous plants. Various monuments adorn the expansive lawns, including the Delville Wood War Memorial and a statue of the country's first president, General Louis Botha.
The lawn in front of the Union Buildings are often the location for public gatherings, whether they be protest or celebration, such as the presidential inauguration.
DIRECTIONS TO UNION BUILDINGS:
- corner of Leyds St. and Church Street, Arcadia
, Eastcliff, Pretoria
, Lisdogan Park
, Loftus Versfeld
, Pretoria CBD
Nearby Points Of Interest:Freedom Day Celebrations
, South African State Theatre
, The Pierneef Museum
, Mzansi Fela Festival
, McCarthy Toyota Half Marathon, 10km and 5km
, Mapungubwe Museum
, Friends of the Zoo Fun Run/Walk - Pretoria
, Boo at the Zoo - Gauteng
, Burgers Park
, Melrose House Museum
, Science and Technology Museum, Pretoria
, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
, Transvaal Museum
, The Geological Survey Museum of Pretoria
, National Zoological Gardens