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Old Fort and Constitution Hill

The site of an infamous prison reborn as the superb Constitutional Court, art gallery and museum. The history of Constitution Hill dates back to 1892, at first a prison, then turned into military defence post, during the South African War. These buildings were known as "the Fort" and through the years it has incarcerated famous people like for example Indian Mahatma Gandhi. In 1964 the Fort was declared a National Monument, and in the late 90’s it was chosen the new Constitutional Court.
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Do & See


A guided tour of the townships is a must. Major sights include Vilakasi Street, where the Mandelas once lived (their little house is a museum). Arch bishop Tutu has a home, the Hector Pieterson Museum, dedicated to the 1976 student uprisings, and Regina Mundi church, which also bears its resistance scars. Eat at Sakhumzi’s, the Italian-style Nambitha, or trendy Wandi’s Place. An overnight stay in one of the excellent B&Bs could prove the highlight of your trip.
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