5 things you didn’t know about the Union Buildings
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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