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Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square Review

For more than a century this cobbled square served as a forum for public announcements, including the 1834 declaration abolishing slavery, which was read from the balcony of the Old Town House, overlooking the square. In the 19th century the square became a vegetable market as well as a popular watering hole, and you can still enjoy a drink at an open-air restaurant or hotel veranda while watching the crowds go by. Today the square has a popular outdoor market, and is flanked by some of the best examples of art-deco architecture in South Africa.

Old Town House. A beautiful example of urban Cape Dutch architecture, the Old Town House is now home to the extensive Michaelis Collection. This 17th-century collection of Dutch paintings includes evocative etchings by Rembrandt, as well as changing exhibits. Greenmarket Square, 8001. 021/481–3933. www.iziko.org.za/michaelis. R10. Weekdays 10–5, Sat. 10–4.

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  • Address: Greenmarket Square, Burg St. between Longmarket St. and Hout St., Cape Town Central, Cape Town, 8000 | Map It
  • Location: Cape Town Central
Updated: 11-15-2012

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