"The presentation of the keys" Top 5 Page for this destination Cape Town Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

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If you're visiting the Castle of Good Hope, it's nice to time your visit to coincide with the Ceremony of the Keys, which takes place at 10:00 and 12:00 every weekday. If you have a choice of times, attend the 12:00 ceremony, it is directly followed by the firing of the Noon Gun from Signal Hill which served as a time signal for the city and ships in port.

The uniforms worn by the guards are based on those worn by the Dutch garrison during the 18th century and unlike many other period uniforms are surprisingly undated - almost stylish!

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2012
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