MyWorld : Cape Architecture

06 Jul

This week I would like to share some of the landmark Cape Town buildings:

City Hall1
City Hall2
The Cape Central Library is situated in the City Hall, the last major Victorian building to be erected in Cape Town in 1905. The tower, which is often referred to as a miniature of Big Ben, also houses the only carillon on the African continent. The premises are shared with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and feature marble staircases, stained glass windows which commemorate King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and an organ with 3165 pipes.

Library 1
library 2
Situated adjacent to the Company Gardens and St George’s Cathedral, the National Library serves as a repository for all works published in South Africa, whether it be old manuscripts, government notices, microfilm or audio-visual material. Besides a collection of foreign official publications, there are also special collections which encompass newspapers and periodicals, photographs, maps and much more.

parliament 2
Houses of Parliament

St Georges 1
St Georges 2
St Georges 3
Located at the corner of Wale Street and Adderley Street, the main road of Cape Town, the St George’s Cathedral has also been known as the “The People’s Cathedral” for the role it played during the apartheid era. Archbishop Desmond Tutu presided at the Cathedral, which features many stained glass windows and a labyrinth. Eight of the ten bells in the Bell Tower date from 1834. Visitors may tour the building and regular services are still maintained. The premises also include a grammar school and souvenir shop.

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Posted by on July 6, 2009 in South Africa, Western Cape


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19 responses to “MyWorld : Cape Architecture

  1. Erin

    July 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    beautiful architecture and fab shots.
    have a wonderful tuesday.

  2. Sylvia Kirkwood

    July 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Fantastic shots of incredibly lovely buildings! What a marvelous tour of your lovely city! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Luiz Ramos

    July 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful buildings and History.

  4. koala

    July 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for that! You can hardly find Capetown shown like that. It’s always either as seen from the mountains or the coast.

  5. Sharon S. (Canarybird)

    July 6, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Truly beautiful buildings. The architecture is impressive. I have always been curious about Cape Town and would love to visit one day!

  6. marja

    July 7, 2009 at 12:43 am

    These buildings are very impressive and the information very interesting

  7. Leslie

    July 7, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I love that type of architecture and would truly love to see South Africa some day. Beautiful photos! 😀

  8. Paul

    July 7, 2009 at 4:38 am

    that is some impressive set of building you have there. the craftmnaship that went into them is amazing

  9. Gaelyn

    July 7, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Magnificent architecture. Really like the library/city hall building. I look forward to seeing this when I visit in March. Nice tour.

  10. ladyfi

    July 7, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Looking at those buildings is like being back in England!

    • Pierre

      July 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

      Indeed, considering that the City Hall was built from limestone imported from Bath 😉

  11. Vicki ~ FL (USA)

    July 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Wonderful photos and thanks for the tour of Cape Town architecture………..

  12. Snap

    July 7, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you for the tour of Cape Town. Lovely buildings and great information.

  13. Glennis

    July 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Ahh you have your comments at the top…. sorry, but I still think the buildings are most impressive.

    • Pierre

      July 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

      hehe … thanks! 🙂

  14. Vagabonde

    July 16, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I really did not imagine such architecture in South Africa. This is a very interesting post with beautiful pictures.

  15. Rajesh

    July 21, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Love those vintage cars.

  16. Arija

    July 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Nice shots, I really like the old truck, left for the vultures where it died.

  17. Marju

    July 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Beautiful photos!
    My daughter went last November from Cape Town … a wonderful place!


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