Durban Sights

Francis Farewell Square

  • Bounded by Anton Lembede (Smith), Dr. Pixley Kaseme (West), and Dorothy Nyembe (Gardiner) sts. and the Church St. pedestrian mall Map It
  • City Centre
  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 03/07/2016

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In the heart of Durban, the square is a lovely shady plaza bordered by some of the city's most historic buildings, including City Hall, the Central Post Office, and the Royal Hotel. Walkways lined with stately palms and flower beds crisscross the square and lead to monuments honoring some of Natal's important historic figures. The square stands on the site of the first European encampment in Natal, established by Francis Farewell and Henry Fynn in 1824 as a trading station to purchase ivory from the Zulus. A statue representing Peace honors the Durban volunteers who died during the Second South African War (1899–1902), also known as the Boer War or Anglo-Boer War. The Cenotaph, a large stone obelisk, commemorates the South African dead from the two world wars. In the same block is the Old Court House Museum, one of the city's oldest buildings. Apart from the historic attractions, it's an energetic, bustling part of the city center, with inexpensive street stands selling flowers, clothes, and food for the locals. You'll really feel the vibe of the city here. Pay attention to your valuables while walking in the square.

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Bounded by Anton Lembede (Smith), Dr. Pixley Kaseme (West), and Dorothy Nyembe (Gardiner) sts. and the Church St. pedestrian mall, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, 4001, South Africa

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Published 03/07/2016


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