Castle of Good Hope

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Exploring the Oldest Building in South Africa
When I take the MetroRail into the heart of Cape Town, just before I reach the station, I always notice the sharp, granite corners of the Castle of Good Hope. This historic fortress, built in the late 1600’s at the then waters edge, was originally a storage facility and fortress for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Now, it serves as a museum of the Cape’s military history.

Once inside, you're free to explore the facility on your own, or, you can join a guided tour. I did a little of both, dropping out of the guided tour to wander on my own near the end. My favorite part was discovering De Goewerneur Restaurant, a small cafe with outdoor seating overlooking the quiet courtyard and governor’s residence.
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