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Union Buildings



The Union Buildings form the official seat of South Africa's government and house The Presidency as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs. They are built at the highest point of South Africa's capital city, Pretoria, and represent an extravagant time in South African history. The buildings were originally built to house the entire Public Service for the Union of South Africa, and at that point in history they were the largest building in the country and possibly the largest building work undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere.

The building is which is over 285m long is divided into three sections, left offices, amphitheatre and right offices, and each of these sections is 95m in length. The buildings are built in a semi-circle design with two wings at either side. The wings represented the union of a formally divided nation, the English and the Afrikaners. Construction began on The Union Buildings in 1909 and was completed in 1913. The project made use of approximately 1265 artisans, workmen and labourers, used over 14 million bricks for the interior office walls, half a million cubic feet of freestone, 74 000 cubic yards of concrete, 40 000 bags of cement and 20 000 cubic feet of granite. Although the architect wanted to use imported granite, the idea of using anything but South African stone for the most important government building of the new state was unthinkable to those who commissioned it, as a result, the terraces and retaining walls in the grounds are built predominantly of mountain stone quarried on site, the foundation of the building is of granite, while freestone was used for the exterior walls, the amphitheatre and major courtyards.

Although the last 100 years have seen a lot of important events, possibly the most important one was in 1994 when the buildings played host to the inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected President, heralding the beginning of a new era in South Africa's history. The buildings are located on the top of Meintjieskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. An interesting fact about the Union Buildings and the Voortrekker Monument is that due to their significance a law in Pretoria limits the height of any building between the two structures so that the view between them remains unobstructed.

The Union Buildings are surrounded by beautifully terraced gardens of indigenous plants and various monuments embellish the expansive lawns. Some of these monuments include the Delville Wood War Memorial, which is a tribute to South African troops who died during the First World War, and a statue of the country's first president, General Louis Botha. The lawn in front of the Union Buildings is often the location for public gatherings, whether they are protest or celebration, such as the presidential inauguration. Unfortunately the buildings themselves are not open to the public.

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Oorkant Loftus Self-Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pretoria

1.6km South East of center of Union Buildings

Oorkant Loftus provides self catering flatlets in Clydesdale Pretoria. Situated directly across the road from Loftus Versveld!! We offer various units: (sleeping 2 - 6 people). Clydesdale is the "village in the city", which is bordered by Arcadia, Hatfiel

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Goodey's Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pretoria

2.7km North East of center of Union Buildings

Goodley's Guesthouse provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Colbyn, Pretoria in Gauteng. Situated in the beautiful Jacaranda-lined Amos Street in the tranquil suburb of Colbyn - one of Pretoria's oldest suburbs. Whether you visit Pretoria as a touris

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The Village in Hatfield

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pretoria

3.1km East of center of Union Buildings

The Village In Hatfield provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Hatfield, Pretoria / Tshwane. The Village in Hatfield is a delightful guesthouse offering a cluster of separate units, perfectly appointed for a comfortable stay in the heart of Pretoria.

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Bed & Breakfast in Hatfield

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pretoria

3.2km East of center of Union Buildings

Bed and Breakfast in Hatfield - as the name suggests, provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Hatfield, Pretoria / Tshwane in the Gauteng province. We are close to the Pretoria CBD and bustling Hatfield is a 10min walk away. Here you will be able to s

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Amalia Cottages

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pretoria

3.5km North West of center of Union Buildings

Amalia Cottages offers self catering accommodation in Rietfontein in Pretoria / Tshwane, Gauteng. Situated close to Wonderboom South, this cozy self-catering garden cottage (sleeps 2) is in central Pretoria with private entrance. Comfortable sleeping acco

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Green Valley Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pretoria Central

3.7km North West of center of Union Buildings

Green Valley Lodge is a luxury guesthouse providing accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Wonderboom South, Greater Pretoria, Gauteng. Green Valley Lodge is located right in the heart of Wonderboom South a suburb of Pretoria, nestled below the Won

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Sleeps: 120 in 6 units/rooms

Queensrest

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pretoria

4.0km North East of center of Union Buildings

Queensrest provides self catering accommodation in Queenswood Pretoria in Gauteng. Centrally situated in the established suburb of Queenswood, just a short distance from the Pretoria CBD. We have 6 self-catering units to choose from. (Units sleep between

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Waterkloof Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pretoria

4.4km South East of center of Union Buildings

Waterkloof Self Catering offers accommodation in Waterkloof, Pretoria / Tshwane. We have 3 self catering flatlets (2 units sleep 1 - 4 people, and the other sleeps 1 - 2 people), each with its own private entrance, two with outside sitting areas and one w

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Dinkwe Lodge & Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pretoria

4.7km North of center of Union Buildings

Dinkwe Lodge & Guest House offers guests self catering accommodation in Rietfontein, a suburb in Pretoria / Tshwane, Gauteng. Dinkwe Guest House offers you up market self catering accommodation in a genuine Out of Africa Style, with all modern convenience

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Ibis Guest Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pretoria

5.3km North of center of Union Buildings

Ibis Guest Cottages offers self catering accommodation in Villieria, a suburb of Pretoria / Tshwane in Gauteng. We offer 2 self catering units (sleeps 4) (Sleeps 6) set in the quiet and safe suburb of Villieria, the ideal place to stay during your holiday

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