Saturday, May 26, 2012

Union Buildings–2012-05-19

Last Saturday, 19 May 2012, I paid a visit to the Union Buildings in Pretoria (where I live).

“The Union Buildings (Afrikaans: Die Uniegebou) form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located in Pretoria, atop Meintjieskop at the Northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. The large gardens of the Buildings are nestled between Government Avenue, Vermeulen Street East, Church Street, the R104, and Blackwood Street. Fairview Avenue is a closed road where only officials can enter to the Union Buildings. Though not in the center of Pretoria the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African National monument.” (WikiPedia)


Around the Union Buildings there are commemorative memorials, beautiful gardens, and then, of course, the Union Buildings.

The Union Buildings with the Delville Wood War Memorial in the foreground
On one side it has the dates, 1914-1918, and on another side it has 1939-1945,
to commemorate the lives of South African soldiers lost in World War I and World War II.

There is even place for romance.

There are flowers all around.

Who doesn't like roses?

And even a ghost rider?

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