It’s the run-up to National Heritage Day – the national celebration of everything that defines us as South Africans.
I honour of National Heritage Day, we have decided to showcase some of the oldest buildings in South Africa in some of our major city centres.
We kick off our tour in Cape Town with the Castle of Good Hope. This national treasure is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. It replaced an earlier fort called the Fort de Goede Hoop which was built by Jan van Riebeeck upon his arrival in South Africa. This star shaped fort was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station for ships passing the coast on voyages between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies(now Indonesia). From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life until the Cape Town settlement grew and expanded further afield.
This national architectural treasure is today a premier tourist attraction and the seat of the Military in the Cape. It also houses two museums.
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