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Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town: 26 reviews and 55 photos

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The gateway – built in 1682 – replaced the old entrance, which faced the sea. The pediment bears the coat of arms of the United Netherlands, portraying the crowned lion rampant holding the seven arrows of unity in its paw. Carved on the architrave below are the arms of Van Hoorn, Delft , Amsterdam, Middelburg, Rotterdam and Enkhuizen—all Dutch cities in which the United East India Company had chambers. Two VOC (Vereenighde Oost-Indische Compagnie) monograms flank the carvings.

The two pilasters, entablature and pediment above are built of grey-blue stone, while the entrance is made of small yellow bricks called ijselstene, making it a unique example of 17th century Dutch classicism at the Cape .

Sections of the moat, which previously formed part of the defence system of the Castle, were rebuilt in 1992 during restorations.

The Castle of Good Hope would be referred to as 'Kui keip'(Stone Kraal) by the Khoina.

Phone: +27 21 787 1249

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  • Written May 1, 2010
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