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Church Square

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The Church Square is a public park found in the Pretoria CBD, the administrative capital of South Africa, and is surrounded by historical architecture. A statue of Paaul Kruger is found in the center of the park. The Kruger National Park is named after him, as is the Krugerrand coin, which features his face.

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A: Birds at Church Square

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Many birds enjoy the safety of Church Square in Pretoria.

Birds at Church Square

B: Statue of Paul Kruger in Church Square

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A statue of Paul Kruger is found in the center of Church Square , and is visible from anywhere in the...

Statue of Paul Kruger in Church Square

C: Church Square Park

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Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. Church Square is a public park found in the P...

Church Square Park

D: Church Square elevated

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The south west corner of Church Square is home to the Ou Raadsaal (old parliment), as well as other h...

Church Square elevated

E: Ou Raadsaal elevated

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The Ou Raadsaal building was designed by Sytze Wopke Wierda in a classical style reminiscent of Greek...

Ou Raadsaal elevated

F: Ou Raadsaal

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Ou Raadsaal (Old Council Chamber) served as the first parliament of South Africa.

Ou Raadsaal

G: Strijdom Square

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Strijdom Square, once home to the bust (head and shoulders) statue of former prime minister J. G. Str...

Strijdom Square

H: Sammy Marks Square

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The Sammy Marks building is the only remaining neo-Dutch architectural example in Gauteng. The Square...

Sammy Marks Square

I: State Theatre parking entrance

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At one time the largest complex of its kind in the southern hemisphere, The State Theatre in Pretoria...

State Theatre parking entrance

J: Transvaal Museum front garden

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The front garden of the Transvaal Museum features these reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, along with ...

Transvaal Museum front garden

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Text by Steve Smith.

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