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Culture of Stellenbosch. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Spier Wine farm, Stellenbosch It is no question that Universiteit Stellenbosch is the main historical and architectural landmark of the town. It opened in 1865 as a public school, and already one year later the educational institution got the status of a gymnasium. Starting from 1881, the gymnasium changed its name to Victoria College. The next milestone in the history of the university happened in 1918. An outstanding politician and public figure, Mr. Jan Marais, made a donation of 100,000 pounds for the development of education in the town. The college was renamed as Stellenbosch University, and this fact made a significant impact on the life of the town in general. Already in 1918, as many as 500 people studied there, and the academic staff included more than 40 highly qualified teachers.
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Nowadays, Stellenbosch University is one of the largest educational institutions of not only South Africa but also the Southern hemisphere in general. The main campus of the university is also the most beautiful architectural landmark in the town. The territory of the university includes a magnificent botanical garden, Botanical Garden University of Stellenbosch , that is also one of the major places of interest in Stellenbosch. In this garden, visitors will find hundreds of plant species, wonderful artificial ponds and a large pavilion with orchids, a visit to which simply cannot leave anyone indifferent.
Fans of outdoor activities and walking will like Dorp Street , which is recognized as one of the most beautiful streets in Stellenbosch. It’s the place where visitors will see many beautiful and old buildings. Surprisingly, all houses look virtually flawless despite the fact that many of them were constructed centuries ago. There are also unusual cultural centers in the town, and The Village Museum is, without a doubt, one of the leaders. This is the place where visitors will learn more about the life of first settlers. During an excursion, tourist will look into charming small houses and see the colonial style design of the past. The museum complex looks like a classical colonial village, in which everything reminds of the culture and traditions of the past. Every building in the complex exhibits priceless artifacts – collections of antique furniture and artworks, household items and old toys. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden, a walk in which will also be an unforgettable one. Copyright
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Art connoisseurs will hardly find a more interesting place to visit than Rupert Museum. The collection of sculptures and paintings exhibited in the museum is very interesting and throws light upon the multifaceted talent of the great artist. There are also some religion-related landmarks in Stellenbosch, and tourists are recommended to visit them. Dutch Reform Church is one of such places. It was constructed right after the foundation of Stellenbosch. The beautiful church features the traditional European style that hasn’t changed through centuries. Don’t forget to go inside to see the original décor and feel the inimitable atmosphere of the past.
Out of other notable tourist landmarks, it’s particularly important to mention Stellenbosch Historical Musuem. Its collection of exhibits is relatively not big, but there are many unique items. Despite the small size, The Rhenish Mission Church is also an outstanding historical and architectural landmark of Stellenbosch. The church is an incredibly harmonious and solemn place with the gorgeous décor. The town’s suburbs are no less interesting and not deprived of landmarks that will help to make your vacation even more interesting.
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Unique spots in Stellenbosch and near

Robben Island Prison

From the series “Famous prisons of the world”
Many well-known political and public figures served their sentences in prison during the years of its operation. Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki, known as anti-apartheid fighters, were among them. A very strict regime was maintained on Robben Island between 1964 and 1982. It was strictly forbidden for all outsiders to enter its territory. The first attempts to close the prison were made more than 30 years ago. Despite this, it continued to be used for its intended purpose until 1996. … Read further

Fish Hoek Beach

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The number of attacks on the Fish Hoek coast increased significantly in 2010. The scientists combine this with climate change. Because of the climate change, the sharks became more aggressive, being typical not only for the coastal republic of South Africa, but also for the coastal waters of other continents. The scientists believe that the situation will only get worse in the coming years. And that means that one of Cape Town's most popular beaches can be fully closed. … Read further

Iconic cultural sights of South Africa

In Pretoria, you will find the African Window Cultural History Museum containing historical documents, ancient and modern works of art, audio and video materials, rock engraving, national clothes of different cultures, archaeological finds of the Stone and Iron Ages. Here you can learn a lot about the history and modern culture of South Africa. The museum specializes in historical and contemporary art & culture exhibitions. The museum shop sells objects of African art. The South African Air Force Museum in Pretoria would be of great interest to those interested in military history and all aircraft enthusiasts. The museum presents a collection of aircraft from the 1930s to our days. Besides that, the collection includes documents and video recordings. The museum has branches in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. … Open
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