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Casteel de Goede Hoop, Cape Town, Western Cape.

Step back in time. Experience the unique ambience of the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification was a replacement for a small clay and timber fort built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 when he established a replenishment station for the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or the VOC). The five bastions were named after the main titles of Willem, Prince of Orange. The western bastion was named Leerdam, followed by Buuren, Catzenellenbogen, Nassau and Oranje in clockwise order.

Because of an extensive restoration and conservation programme in the 1980’s, the Castle remains the best-preserved structure of its kind built by the VOC. It accommodates military personnel of the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection, the Castle Military Museum and Cape regiments.

It offers visitors an unforgettable experience that includes:

•    Guided and unguided tours with maps in English, Afrikaans, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
•    Museums that include fine examples of paintings, decorative arts of relevance to the Cape and 17th to 19th century military history.
•    Conference facility and various function venues are available
•    A fine wine shop – Wine Concepts at the Castle.
•    Traditional Cape Malay cuisine at De Goewerneur Restaurant
•    The dungeon, and
•    Memorabilia from the Castle Shop.

A visit to the castle is a must for all visitors to Cape Town. AICasteel

Contct:        Box 1 Cape Town 8000
+27 (21) 469 1249 telephone
+27 (21) 469 1089 fax

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