Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 25, 2017

Beautiful Bloemfontein

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Bloemfontein is the capital city of the province of Free State of South Africa. It is the judicial capital of the nation and one of South Africa’s three national capitals and the sixth largest city.

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Naval Hill was once the site of the British naval-gun emplacements during the Anglo-Boer War.

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From the top of the hill you can get spectacular views. It is also home to the Franklin Game Reserve where you can see animals like ostriches, zebras, bucks and giraffes.

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Upon the hill is also a planetarium and a gigantic statue of Nelson Mandela, overlooking the city.

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The Oliewenhuis Art Museum is one of South Africa’s most striking art galleries. The museum makes its home in an impressive 1935 mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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There is a contemporary photographic exhibition of modern South Africa. There are displays of art work by South African artists like Thomas Baines.

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Visitors can relax in the tea room. There is a carousel in the gardens.

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The National Women’s Memorial commemorates the 26,000 women and children who died in British concentration camps during the 1899 – 1902 Anglo-Boer War.

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The memorial depicts a bearded Afrikaner setting off on his horse to fight the British, bidding a last farewell to his wife and baby, who perished in one of the camps.

 

Behind this memorial is the Anglo-Boer War Museum which offers interesting displays, including photos from concentration camps set up in South Africa as well as Bermuda, India and Portugal. There are large paintings that depict battle scenes.

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Loch Logan Waterfront is a nice place to take a walk and has a selection of chain restaurants.

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The Orchid House is a glasshouse with a lovely collection of flowers and amazing orchids. The surrounding Hamilton Park is a great place to have a picnic.

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The National Museum offers a great recreation of a 19th century street complete with sound effects. Here you can also find a shop and a cafe.

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The Twin-Towered Church is a landmark building.

 

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/bloemfontein/attractions/a/poi-sig/355615

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Responses

  1. Love the photos!

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour. Takes me awhile to find just the right photos but when people enjoy them then it’s worth it.


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