Friday, June 21, 2013


presidential headquarters

The Union Buildings are located in Pretoria, known as the offices of the president of South Africa, The Buildings are one of the centres of political life in South Africa, It has become an iconic landmark of Pretoria and South Africa in general, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and an emblem of democracy.

The design consisted of two identical wings, joined by a semicircular colonnade forming the backdrop of the amphitheatre. The colonnade was terminated on either side by a tower.

The lawn in front of the Union Buildings are often the location for public gatherings, whether they be protest or celebration, such as the presidential inauguration.

These buildings, built from light sandstone, were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker.  In the English monumental style and are 285 m long. They have a semi-circular shape, with the two wings at the sides, this serves to represent the union of a formerly divided people.

1 comment:

  1. I had a friend who lived in South Africa for about 3 years, and she said that it was breath-takingly beautiful.