Every building has a story to tell, let’s experience it!
Cape Town, as the one of the oldest cities in South Africa, has remarkable architecture, illustrating his story, its culture and South Africa diversity.Travel in the time wandering around the Mother City, discovering its history through a distinctive architectural day tour. Get prepared for a unique voyage.
CANNONBALL ON FIRE!
Start the day in the 18th century, by visiting the oldest colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it was used to center all of the civilian, administrative and military activities for the Cape.
Travel in the past by walking around the castle and discovering its military museum. Can you hear that sound? Behold the key ceremony performed by the castle guards; this historic ceremony is followed by the firing of the cannonball that depicts the previous importance of cannons at the castle.
DON’T YOU HEAR MADIBA VOICE?
Cross the street, and welcome to the 20th century. Facing the castle is the City Hall, a large Edwardian monument. Have a look at the balcony, and try to picture Nelson Mandela, making his release speech on February 11th 1990. Now imagine around you the 250 000 South Africans who came to celebrate the future president’s freedom.
At the present the city hosts creative and cultural events at the City Hall. Go inside and enjoy the beauty of its impressive 3 165-pipe organ. Open your eyes wide and look at all those gorgeous details, from the mosaic floors to the vintage stained glass and the impressive marble staircase…
When leaving the City Hall have a last look at its façade. You are right,it does look familiar. It is in fact a half-size replica of London’s Big Ben.
PUT ON YOUR PARLIAMENT SHOES
A small walk from the City Hall will take you to a timeless place, lying in the uppermost corner of the beautiful Company Gardens,the Houses of Parliament. Completed in 1885,the building still hosts the parliamentary sessions. Take a guided tour through the building, raise your head and admire the central dome,and do not forget to look at the Corinthian portico and the pavilion, they really are splendid.
RAINBOW NATION: A LEGEND IS BORN
Saunter around the company’s garden and you will find The Anglican Cathedral of St George the Martyr,and fine the seat of the Archbishop of Cape Town. Get in and admire its architecture, gorgeous example of a Victorian-era design, with magnificent stained glass windows and a crypt.
Besides its beauty, this Church, also known as “The People’s Cathedral”, has played an important role in the resistance against apartheid. Its door has always been opened to people of all races. Have seat, look around; you are in the place where the term ‘Rainbow Nation’ was used for the first time.
TIME FOR LUNCH BUT THE SHOW IS STILL ON!
If you are wondering why we brought you to trendy Kloof Street, trust our expert eye and keep going forward. There it is, a splendid Victorian House. You barely saw it from the street and the surprise makes it even more magnificent. And what a nice surprise, it is a restaurant. Have a drink inside and sit in a leather armchair; the atmosphere is warm and fancy. The waiter invites you to your terrace table; appreciate the Victorian architecture and the beauty of the gardens during your delicious meal. Desert is over and it’s time to keep discovering the city.
HAVE YOU BROUGHT YOUR VUVUZELA?
Back to our century, let’s experience Cape Town’s sport spirit. While getting in the Green Point stadium you almost can hear the Vuvuzelas playing, taking you back to four years ago, when the 2010 Fifa World Cup took place. Even if the stadium is empty, you can feel this powerful atmosphere that this sport venue exudes. Standing between the Atlantic Ocean and Signal Hill, Cape Town’s stadium, with its modern design, is one of the most iconic landmarks of the Mother City.
MEET THE ARTIST!
After a short transfer, you will find yourself in a new world. Walk around the house-museum of Irma Stern, a major South African painter and feel the artistic inspiration. More than admiring her artwork,you will discover her universe in the rooms still furnished as she had them. Colorful and original with its doors from Zanzibar, the house perfectly reflects the artist’s soul.
Return to the present and enjoy a contemporary South African artist’s exposition in the modern gallery upstairs, while having a glass of sparkling wine!
CHEERS TO YOUR AMAZING VOYAGE!
Celebrate the end of the day with a visit to the oldest vineyard in South Africa, the Groot Constantia Wine Estate. With its provincial heritage, the Manor House, built in 1692, is a magnificent example of Cape Dutch architecture. Come on in;enjoy a moment in the sophisticated world of the successful Cape farmers of the 18th century. In the coach house and the historic wine cellar,admire the impressive carriage collection just before your wine tasting session.
Our tip? Savor the chocolate and wine pairing degustation. You deserved it!