About Union Buildings

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

Melvin Residence Guest House

Sleeps 11 in 6 rooms

Melvin Residence Guest House is situated at 184 Pine Street in the quiet suburb of Arcadia, one...
from R675
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Park Gables of Arcadia

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Sleeps 29 in 12 rooms

Friendly yet unobtrusive hospitality in a gracious, homely atmosphere; with scrumptious health and English-style breakfasts. Dinner...
from R740
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East View Guest House

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Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

East View House is a luxury guest house catering to every need of the sophisticated traveller, whether on business or for leisure. East...
from R850
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Naledi Guest House

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Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Naledi Guest House is located in the tranquil and exclusive part of Arcadia which is close to the business districts, hospitals, embassies...
from R600
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360 Eastwoods Guest House

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Sleeps 18 in 6 rooms

360 Eastwoods Guest House is a an establishment situated in the heart of Arcadia, one of the oldest and most adored suburbs in Pretoria....
from R940
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Premier Hotel Pretoria

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Sleeps 236 in 118 rooms

The Premier Hotel Pretoria welcomes you to South Africa's capital city. Indulge your body in the comfort of the hotel as it is the ideal...
from R950
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Union Buildings Map

Union Buildings is 1km from the centre of Arcadia , the nearest airport 9.2km (Waterkloof AFB Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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