The Rotunda

Landmarks / National Monuments in or near Camps Bay, Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, South Africa.

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Rotunda

Where? The Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, 8005

Overnight? Stay in Camps Bay, in Western Cape

The Victorian Rotunda, a beautiful, geometrical domed building, was the epitome of high society in Cape Town at the turn of the century when it was built as part of a hotel and functioned as an events venue.

Even today, despite its being a national monument, it hosts fashion shows, weddings and corporate functions.

The Rotunda, as with the ubiquitous row of palm trees along the beachfront of Camps Bay, was part of the then mayor, James Riddell Farquhar’s, plan to turn Camps Bay into what he termed a ‘little Brighton’ - a holiday resort to resemble the seaside resort in the south east of England.

The Rotunda began life as a concert hall, with a pavilion that also functioned as a ballroom, a theatre and exhibition hall all rolled into one.

By the 1950s the building had languished and it was set to make way for a seven-storey block of flats when residents of Camps Bay protested, demanding that the beautiful example of Florentine architecture remain, and that a new building not obstruct their view of the ocean.

Reacting to the outcry the City Council rezoned the Rotunda, saving the original building, which was then incorporated into the Bay Hotel.

Visit it at: 69 Victoria Road (at the back of The Bay Hotel) in Camps Bay, 10 minutes’ drive from the City Bowl; or use the MyCiti bus.

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