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Castle of Good Hope

South Africa's oldest surviving colonial building was completed in 1679. It replaced an earlier mud and timber fort built by the first Dutch Governor: Jan van Riebeeck. Situated adjacent to a parking lot and bus station in Buitenkant Street, its walls mark the original boundary of the seashore where the waves washed up against the fortifications. The castle contains a Military Museum depicting the conflicts that arose during the Cape's early settlement, and houses the William Fehr Collection of decorative arts, including paintings, furniture, and porcelain. Of interest are the dungeons, which bear carvings in the walls by prisoners incarcerated centuries ago.
The castle was built for defence, not beauty, and it is a fortress not a palace. Those interested in the history of the Cape will find a visit fascinating.

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