EXPLORE THE CITY
SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
The South African Museum, dedicated to natural history and the human sciences, contains a huge variety of fascinating arts and crafts from several African tribes. The history galleries are full of mounted mammals, dioramas of prehistoric reptiles and a collection of whale skeletons etc. Alongside the museum is the Planetarium, which has a changing programme of thematic shows involving the southern constellations.
ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL
Cape Town's Victorian Gothic style Anglican Cathedral, founded in 1901, is historically significant, for it is where the enthronement of South Africa's first black archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, took place. The Cathedral is unique in that it became a political powerhouse in the struggle againts Apartheid, known as "the people's cathedral", and was open to all people of all races at all times. The Cathedral features some fine Gabriel Loire windows, including a magnificent Rose Window above the southern transept.
HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT
East of the three-lined pedestrian Government Avenue, which runs through the Company Gardens at the top of Adderley Street, lies the complex of Parliamentary buildings, containing numerous chambers, offices and corridors.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
South Africa's oldest building, the Castle was completed in 1679. Situated adjacent to a parking lot and bus station in Buitenkant Str, its walls mark the original boundary of the seashore where the waves washed up against fortifications. Of interest is the dungeons, which bear the graffiti carved by prisoners incarcerated here centuries ago.
Bo-Kaap, or the old Malay Quarter, was declared an exclusive residential area for the Muslim Cape Malays during the Apartheid years. The houses has been restored and colourfully painted, and the steep cobbled streets, mosques and minarets, makes it one of the most interesting historical and cultural areas of the city.