5 things you didn’t know about the Union Buildings

5 things you didn’t know about the Union Buildings

We all can identify the Union Buildings on a photo but how much do you really know about this historical landmark?

The Union Buildings is to Pretoria what braai is to South Africa, it defines the city not only in a cultural sense but also political. Here are some interesting facts that you might not have known about the buildings.

– The architect that designed the Union Buildings, Sir Herbert Baker, was married to his cousin.

– The Nelson Mandela statue standing in the garden cost a total of R8 million to construct and weighs 3.5 tons.

– The corner stone was laid on November 26, 1910.

– The building was first called the Student Union Building (SUB) but the name was changed to the current name, Union Building, in 1969.

– The east and west wings of the buildings represent two languages: English and Afrikaans.

DID YOU KNOW: That the Union Buildings also won in the Living in Pretoria – Place to take out-of-towners category in our sister publication REKORD’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. To read more click here.

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