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
, Loftus Versfeld
, Pretoria CBD
, Pretoria and Surrounding Areas
, Bailey's Muckleneuk
, Capital Park
Nearby Points Of Interest:South African State Theatre
, The Pierneef Museum
, Melrose House Museum
, Science and Technology Museum, Pretoria
, The Geological Survey Museum of Pretoria
, Transvaal Museum
, National Zoological Gardens
, National Cultural History Museum
, Paul Kruger House
, Kruger Museum
, Hunters Half Marathon Challenge and 10km
, Springbok Vasbyt
, Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site
, Wonderboom Nature Reserve
, Pioneer Museum in Silverton