Gauteng Tourist AttractionsPretoria Church Square
Church Square is located in the centre of town and is somewhat of a landmark in Pretoria. This is a worthwhile visit not only for the interesting history, but the number of buildings surrounding it each with their own story.
See the broze statue of former president of the old Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger, in the centre of the square. Church Square is aptly named because many, many years ago this used to be the meeting place for farmers and other members of the community to gather and hold Holy Communion.
With plenty of good architectural examples from the 19th and 20th Century, historians and budding architects will enjoy a full circle of history. The majority of the buildings were constructed between 1887 and 1910. See the Palace of Justice on the northern side – where Mandela and other ANC revolutionaries were tried and sentenced during the historical Rivonia trial.
While on the southern side you can spot buildings such as the Capital Theatre, Netherlands Bank, the Tudor Chambers, the Old Council Building (which is more than 100 years old) and the general post office.
If you find yourself in the square on a Wednesday morning between 21h30 and 22h30, enjoy watching the National Ceremonial Guard on parade.