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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.

Website:
www.thepresidency.go​v.za
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Accommodation near Union Buildings

Fern Ivy Guest House

Sleeps 36 in 9 rooms

Set in a small quiet street in the leafy suburb of Eastwood, between the Union Buildings and the President's Residence, this guesthouse...
from R1450
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Valley Guest House

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Sleeps 28 in 14 rooms

Valley Guest House is located in a suburb named Sunnyside in the heart of Pretoria, South Africa.This guest house has eight colourful...
from R450
per night for 2 guests

Akanani Apartments

Sleeps 82 in 41 rooms

Akanani Apartments is located in the heart of Pretoria, close to the city centre, international embassies and the Union Buildings....
from R1000
per night for 2 guests

Alleyn Self-catering

1 Review
Sleeps 26 in 6 rooms

Alleyn Self-catering is located in a secure complex in Arcadia, which is one of the oldest suburbs in Pretoria. We service the units and we...
from R800
per night for 2 guests

B' Guest House

Sleeps 18 in 9 rooms

Come and feel right at home in the rich ambience of this charming guest house located in Arcadia, Pretoria. The main residence was built...
from R850
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Premier Hotel Pretoria

1 Review
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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