One of my favourite places in Cape Town has to be Rhodes Memorial, located on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park. There are spectacular view points which overlook the panoramic vistas of the Mother City. On a clear day, as far as the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain range can be seen.
Rhodes Memorial is a rich part of South Africa’s heritage, built in remembrance of Cecil John Rhodes, who was a mining magnate and the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. This landmark was designed by Sir Richard Herbert and was built in 1912 using Cape Granite which was quarried on Table Mountain.
There are forty-nine steps at the memorial, one for each year of Cecil John Rhodes’ life. During the warmer months, Capetonians and tourists can be seen sitting on the steps or surrounding grassy areas appreciating the spectacular view.
On each side of the steps are four bronze lion statues and at the bottom is an impressive bronze statue of a horseman. The stairway leads up to a pillared Greek-like chamber with locked dungeon-like doors behind the statue of Rhodes.
Rhodes Memorial is open to the public and entry is free. I urge you to find your inner tourist and to explore Rhodes Memorial and the surrounding areas. My adventures lead me to another interesting gem in Cape Town. Watch #CPTBucketList for an exciting part 2.