Cape Town is home to Rhodes Memorial which sits at the foot of Devil’s Peak, it’s a memorial to English-born, South African politician Cecil John Rhodes (1853–1902). The memorial was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker.


The memorial was created in awareness of Rhodes’ contribution to Cape Town and the colony. Built from Cape granite quarried on Table Mountain, the memorial has 49 steps – one for each year of Rhodes’s life. The Doric columns were inspired by Rhodes’s acknowledgment of classical architecture, and the eight lions were built on those at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London.

The brilliant vistas over Cape Town, coupled with the historical value and interest of the memorial, make this an incredible place to visit.


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