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Cape Town Sights

Rhodes Memorial

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Updated 11/06/2014

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Rhodes served as prime minister of the Cape from 1890 to 1896. He made his fortune in the Kimberley diamond rush, but his greatest dream was to forge a Cape–Cairo railway, a tangible symbol of British dominion in Africa. The classical-style granite memorial sits high on the slopes of Devil's Peak, on part of Rhodes's old estate, Groote Schuur. A mounted rider symbolizing energy faces north toward the continent for which Rhodes felt such passion. A bust of Rhodes dominates

the temple—ironically, he's leaning on one hand as if he's about to nod off.

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Off Rhodes Dr., Cape Town, 7740, South Africa

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Updated 11/06/2014


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By Debra

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Nov 25, 2005

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Visiting the Rhode's Memorial is an experience I would highly recommend. The history aspect of the memorial is interesting, but the area itself is magnificent. A palatial staircase adorned with giant statues of bucking horses and a magnificent view of all of Cape Town. There is a cute cafe by the memorial where you can see the Guinea Fowl, a beautiful bird found in Cape Town. Finally, the memorial is by the University of Cape Town which I'd advise

checking out as it is at the heart of Cape Town. Enjoy! It is a beautiful place.

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By Dave

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Jul 4, 2005

A blast from the past.

This over-sized monument to one of Southern Africa's most influential and controversial leaders is definitely a memorial from a by-gone era in South African history. Only a few minutes are needed to walk from the shaded parking lot out to the memorial, which has a commanding view over northern Cape Town.

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