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Castle of Good Hope (Republic of South Africa)

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Castle of Good Hope, {CATEGORY}

Guided tours of this national monument take place at the top of the hour daily. The pentagonal building was built by Pieter Dombaer in the shape of a five-pointed star, following a construction system inspired by French military engineer Vauban. The five bastions carry the titles of the Prince of Leerdam; Oranje; Buren; Catzenellenbogen; and Nassau. The bastions housed the military, provided storerooms, prisoner cells and torture chambers. Come and see the formal changing of the guard at 10: 00 am and again at noon on weekdays.

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Address: Darling Street & Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001

City: Cape Town

Country: South Africa

Phone 1: +27 21 787 1249

Email: casteel@mweb.co.za

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9:30am-4pm

Entrance fee: R20 adults (R10 on Sun), R10 children 5-16 (R5 on Sun)

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Castle of Good Hope, {CATEGORY}

Built between 1666 and 1679, the castle - really a pentagonal fortress typical of the Dutch defense system adopted in the early 17th century - is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and marks the original shoreline. Once the hub of civilian and administrative life, the long-serving castle is still the regional headquarters of the South African Defence Force, though the most invasive force it's ever dealt with are the tourists ambling through its ramparts (and, in a wonderful exorcism of the ghosts of the past, more than 5,000 camp brides and other gay revelers at "The Wedding", a costume ball that MCQP hosted here in 2002). The fort combined local materials with European imports - note the slate paving stones, taken from Robben Island in the 17th century, and the bell at the entrance, cast in Amsterdam in 1697. It still looks much as it has for centuries.Get here at 10am or noon sharp if you want to see the Key Ceremony, a kind of changing of the guard (Mon-Fri only). There are also 30-minute tours departing at 11am, noon, and 2pm (ask about the many ghosts that wander the ramparts), or you can explore on your own. Unless you're fascinated with colonial military might, you can skip the Military Museum, but don't pass on the paintings that form part of the William Fehr Collection - an ideal way to brush up on your colonial history. Witness the crazy scene, for example, in Thomas Baines's spectacular painting The Greatest Hunt in Africa, which depicts the mindless slaughter of 30,000 animals in honor of the visiting Prince Alfred.

Castle of Good Hope, {CATEGORY}

Guided tours of this national monument take place at the top of the hour daily. The pentagonal building was built by Pieter Dombaer in the shape of a five-pointed star, following a construction system inspired by French military engineer Vauban. The five bastions carry the titles of the Prince of Leerdam; Oranje; Buren; Catzenellenbogen; and Nassau. The bastions housed the military, provided storerooms, prisoner cells and torture chambers. Come and see the formal changing of the guard at 10: 00 am and again at noon on weekdays.

Castle of Good Hope, {CATEGORY}

Guided tours of this national monument take place at the top of the hour daily. The pentagonal building was built by Pieter Dombaer in the shape of a five-pointed star, following a construction system inspired by French military engineer Vauban. The five bastions carry the titles of the Prince of Leerdam; Oranje; Buren; Catzenellenbogen; and Nassau. The bastions housed the military, provided storerooms, prisoner cells and torture chambers. Come and see the formal changing of the guard at 10: 00 am and again at noon on weekdays.

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