Union Buildings

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Pretoria has a complex and fascinating past. Initially the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal, it moved on to became one of the three capitals of South Africa and an international symbol of Apartheid.

Then the turnabout came in 1994 with the jubilant inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected President. Suddenly the Union Buildings transformed from a symbol of white, supremacist domination to one of genuine unity in this beautiful and culturally rich city.

The Union Buildings still form the official seat of South Africa's government and houses The Presidency as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs. Built at the loftiest point of South Africa's capital city, the elegant buildings preside like an ancient temple adorning and presiding over the city it governs.

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the building was completed in 1913. Herbert Baker chose Meintjieskop for the site because it reminded him of the acropolises of Greece and Asia Minor. The overall design is influenced by the neo-classic architecture of the Italian Renaissance as well as Cape Dutch.

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Accommodation near Union Buildings

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Melvin Residence Guest House

Sleeps 11 Arcadia Guest House in Arcadia
0.52km from Union Buildings

Melvin Residence Guest House is situated at 184 Pine Street inĀ  Arcadia, Pretoria. One block east of...

from R1,780
1 night, 2 adults

City View Guest House

Sleeps 14 Eastcliff (Johannesburg) Guest House, Eastcliff (Johannesburg) Bed and Breakfast in Eastcliff (Johannesburg)
0.58km from Union Buildings

City View Guest House offers luxury accommodation in Pretoria in seven beautifully themed rooms that...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Ca Ira Wellness Retreat

Sleeps 12 Arcadia Guest House in Arcadia
0.71km from Union Buildings

Ca Ira Wellness Retreat is situated in Eastwood, Pretoria. The guest house is closely situated to th...

from R1,075
1 night, 2 adults

Premier Hotel Pretoria

Sleeps 178 Arcadia Hotel in Arcadia
0.72km from Union Buildings

The Premier Hotel Pretoria welcomes you to South Africa's capital city. Indulge your body in the co...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Fern Ivy Guest House

Sleeps 36 Arcadia Guest House in Arcadia
0.81km from Union Buildings

Set in a small quiet street in the leafy suburb of Eastwood, between the Union Buildings and the Pre...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Marianne's B&B

Sleeps 10 Riviera Bed and Breakfast in Riviera
0.83km from Union Buildings

Comfortable accommodation, centrally situated and able to accommodate guests using wheelchairs, as w...

from R1,070
1 night, 2 adults

Arcadia Hotel

Sleeps 281 Arcadia Hotel in Arcadia
0.87km from Union Buildings

Located at the foot of the Union Buildings, the Arcadia Hotel is an integral part of the Arcadia Sho...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Deja-Vu Pretoria

Sleeps 18 Riviera Bed and Breakfast in Riviera
0.88km from Union Buildings

Deja-Vu is a stylish guest house with a touch of French flair. This peaceful retreat offers a spect...

from R1,540
1 night, 2 adults

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Sleeps 146 Arcadia Hotel, Arcadia Self-catering in Arcadia
1.00km from Union Buildings

This four-star, multi-award winning property is centrally located within the up market diplomatic su...

from R730
1 night, 2 adults

Sentinel Executive Apartment Hotel

Sleeps 102 Arcadia Self-catering in Arcadia
1.08km from Union Buildings

Centrally located near to Loftus Versfeld, the Union Buildings and 45km's from OR Tambo Internationa...

 
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