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Thursday, 12 July 2012

RHODES MEMORIAL

Situated on the Northern slope of Table Mountain (Devil's Peak) lies the famous Rhodes Memorial, from which you have this magnificent view over Cape town.


We arrived latish in the afternoon and my first thought from the car park was "unimpressive" :( how wrong could I be.....


This monument was completed and dedicated in 1912 to Cecil John Rhodes was designed by Sir Herbert Baker. In the centre of the monument is a statue of Cecil John Rhodes and a saying...



 "To the spirit and life work of Cecil John Rhodes who loved and served South Africa"


The monument is built in a U-shape with 49 steps leading down which signify each year of his life.



 Eight magnificent bronze lions by John Macallan Swan flank the steps leading down from the monument.



and they are truly magnificent.


At the bottom of the steps is a bronze statue of a horseman, Energy by George Frederic Watts, and I love how this one is almost a silhouette against the sky.


It has a kind of a Parthenon kind of a feel to  it... It is truly a magnificent piece of architecture.


Just behind the trees you can see the tip of Devil's Peak.


The views of Cape Town from here are just spectacular.


The top of the mountain behind the monument.

I had no idea there was so much to see and do in Cape Town. It is one place that you don't have to think about where to go... you can just get in your car and drive and there is somewhere to go or something to see. Cape Town has a very European feel in this regard.

We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful country.







1 comment:

  1. Val, This monument reminds me of the ones in Washington DC. Great pitures! Great views too. Thanks for the tour.

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