Arcadia, Pretoria

Arcadia is a suburb in Pretoria known for its historical buildings, embassies and hotels. The Union Buildings as well as the President's residence are also situated here.

Interestingly, Andries Francois du Toit was the original owner of the land on which the Union Buildings were built. In addition, he was Pretoria’s first magistrate and was responsible for the layout of the city. During this period he sold his land, called Arcadia, to Stephanus Jacobus Meintjies after whom the hill in Arcadia is named. The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. These grand buildings sit on Meintjies Kop and overlook Pretoria.

Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world, after Washington, D.C., most of which are located in or near Arcadia. The main road is Park Street on which the US Embassy compound can be found. Other attractions situated on Park Street is the spectacular Pretoria Art Museum in its Mid-Century Modernist building, The Gerard Moerdyk Restaurant which serves traditional colonial African meals in a house built in 1920 by this famous architect, as well as Loftus Versfeld Stadium where local and international rugby as well as soccer matches are played and can be seen.

The University of Pretoria is also near Arcadia. With a total of approximately 38 499 students, this university is the country's largest residential university. Arcadia is home to trendy shopping malls, nightclubs to satisfy the abundance of students, upmarket residential areas, world class restaurants and other entertainment facilities. The amenities as well as important monuments and fascinating architectural buildings make Arcadia a must to experience.

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