Photo by Eric Nathan/age fotostock
Castle of Good Hope
Fearing a British takeover of its ill-gotten trading post, the Dutch East India Company built this star-shaped castle (known as Casteel de Goede Hoop) between 1666 and 1679 to defend its territory. Now the oldest building in South Africa, the castle served as the center of Cape Town's civilian, political, and military life. The austere façade opens up to a striking central lawn and commanding buildings that, in their restored form, represent Dutch, English, and French architectural styles. History buffs will got nuts here: Check out the William Fehr Collection, the African pottery exhibit, and the Castle Military Museum.
By Ted Botha
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Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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