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
2 PM - 3 PM
50.43% of people start their Church Square visit around 2 PM - 3 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 Trips
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.
The Tshwane municipality in their venture to "Up-grade" this HISTORIC site have but COMPLETELY destroyed the ambience and cultural significance of Church Square. .... All but the Paul Kruger Statue group have been changed. ..... there was talk about relocating the Statue group to somewhere. .... presumably, and most likely, to some dump site. .... as with OTHER historic and cultural items of the oppressive regime but action groups against this has prevailed. ... future action is still pending My suggestion is to go there and have a look at the beautiful buildings and Architecture still around and look past the rubble and mahem of the construction works
Where history of Pretoria is found. Good to visit with family and friends, spacious and relaxed. Well looked with visible security. In the city centre of Pretoria. Close to banks, retail stores and restaurants.
always a pleasure to see well kept historical buildings in any South African CBD. Whether or not we agree with the history they represent, they are a beauty we can all appreciate and admire.
Still under construction but I the aesthetics are coming together . I hope they make it interactive.