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sightseeing and museums

1. Interesting Buildings / Sightseeing

Cape Town has a cosmopolitan cultural mix which has been influenced over the years mainly by the Dutch, French and British, with a significant influence also having come from Malaysia. Cape Town is home to artists and performers of every description. With a fascinating history going back 350 years, Cape Town offers a huge selection of museums and places of cultural interest to visit.

- The Clock Tower

The tower which is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront used to regulate the official harbor entering times. It was restored in 2002 and attracts tourists as well as seals that can be seen in the water.

- The Castle of Good Hope

The caste was built between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest building in Cape Town. It was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

- St George´s Cathedral

This cathedral was built of stones of Table Mountain in 1901. It got famous for Desmond Tutu, an archbishop, that hold many of his speeches in this cathedral during the Apartheid.

Further points of interest would be:

• Mount Nelson Hotel
• Cape Town International Convention Centre
• President Hotel
• Winchester Mansions

2. Museums

- Two Oceans Aquarium

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. If you go at 15h00 on a Sunday you can even watch them feed the sharks!

- South African Museum

This is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa and was established in 1825. The museum offers a huge variety of interesting collections, ranging from fossils to traditional clothes of South African tribes. After a visit you will understand the history and the biological diversity of this country a lot better.

Some other museums that are worth a visit are the following:

• SA Jewish Museum
• District Six Museum
• Gold Museum
• SA National Gallery


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