Cape Town City Hall

Cape Town

Cape Town's old city hall is a grand Edwardian building dating to 1905. Nelson Mandela made his first public speech from the front balcony here after being released from prison in February 1990.

City Hall's auditorium is one of several venues for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

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1. Nelson Mandela Statue

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2. We Are Still Here

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3. Central Library

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4. Grand Parade

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5. Mutual Heights

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6. Homecoming Centre

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7. Mullers Opticians

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8. Jan Hendrik Statue

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