Church SquareCurrently Open
- Address: Church Square, Pretoria, South Africa
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Walking Area, Historical Site, Market, Plaza, Square, Architecture
Church Square - Review
Though there’s not much to do at Church Square, it’s still worth visiting for it’s historical value. It’s the centre of Pretoria and surrounded by a number of old but important buildings. There’s the Palace of Justice, the Old Capitol Theatre, the National Bank and Mint, The Tudor Chambers, the Old Council Chamber and the General Post Office, all of which have some minor architectural merit. The Palace of Justice here is worth checking out; it was the site of Nelson Mandela’s trial of treason, post which he was incarcerated. There’s a large statue of Paul Kruger in the centre of the square; click a picture. The market near the square is worth checking out and it also makes for good people watching.
Church Square Information
- You MUST have coffee at Cafe Riche in the corner.
How To reach Church Square by Public Transport
- Buses on Madiba St
Restaurants Near Church Square
- Cafe Riche Basement
- King Pie
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Things to Know Before Visiting Church Square
95% of people who visit Pretoria include Church Square in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
23.47% of people start their Church Square visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Church Square
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Church Square
Church Square Map
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Church Square, Pretoria Reviews
Mostly restful and quiet, with people relaxing or having lunch on the lawns. Like most similar squares in South Africa, the square, especially the cluster of statues, represents directly opposite emotions in different groups. For some it is still a stark symbol of apartheid, for others it is a token of their heritage. Political (related) and cultural events are held here from time to time. From a purely aesthetic and objective point of view, it is a historic place in South Africa and well worth while a visit. Especially the statues are impressive.
Nice to take a walk around and look at the historical buildings - parking close by is a challenge and watch out for those trying to charge you for looking after your car
The history behind this square is very saddening. To a particular extent, I am also of the view that the statue must be taken down. The surrounding is meant to be relaxing BUT with the noisy and busy buses, it contradicts and defeat the whole purpose. If I were to vote, I would restrict buses and cars from driving in the Square as people instead if unwinding their minds they must mind the traffic.
It has Paul Kruger statue and surrounded by ancient (vintage - lack of better word) buildings. There are various facilities nearby like banks, shops, post office, government offices, restaurants and now A Re Yeng bus station is right at the church square. I just love the setting. Have a good trail for runners and a centre for group exercises
lots shops, languages, foods. really vibey place. pretty safe
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