Church Square

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View the court where Nelson Mandela was convicted and other historic buildings around this grassy square in the center of Pretoria.

Stretch out in the shade of a jacaranda tree and admire Pretoria’s landmark buildings in the centrally located Church Square. Town history is on display in the historical sculptures and structures that surround this plaza’s wide lawns.

Walk to the north edge of the square to see the dual bell towers of the Palace of Justice. Here, in the 1960s, Nelson Mandela was convicted to life in prison for terrorism. After serving 27 years in jail, he became president of South Africa and an international icon.

Other important buildings in the area include the Ou Raadsaal (Old Government) building, where the parliament of the South African Republic once met. Admire the many pillars of its brown neoclassical façade. Next door, find the Ou Nederlandsche Bank Building, which has a tourist information office inside.

Originally called Market Square, Church Square started out as a marketplace for farmers. Its name was changed with the construction of a mud-walled church at the center of the square. The church burned down in 1882 and another was constructed and eventually demolished. Today, Church Square is a flat, open expanse that affords clear views of the buildings that surround it.

Go to the center of the square to admire the statue of South African Republic president Paul “Uncle Paul” Kruger, who led the resistance against the British in the Second Boer War. The bronze Kruger statue stands proudly above the square with a tall top hat. Four statues of Boers sit around him.

Café Riche, on the west side of Church Square, is one of Pretoria’s oldest restaurants. Visit on the last Friday of the month for FilosofieKafee (Philosophy Coffee), which features speakers and discussions on philosophical topics.

Arrive at the square on a Wednesday morning to view a weekly procession. Members of the National Ceremonial Guard march into the square and raise the national and municipal flags.

Church Square is located in the center of Pretoria and is served by a bus, which stops on the park’s west side. Free parking is available around the square.

Top Hotels Close to Church Square

ANEW Hotel Capital Pretoria
ANEW Hotel Capital Pretoria
3 out of 5
390 van der Walt Street, Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $38 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
This family-friendly Pretoria hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Burgers Park, National Museum of Natural History, and Breytenbach ...
3.9/5 Good! (81 reviews)
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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
5 out of 5
643 Corner Of Church And Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng
Fully refundable
The price is $48 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
This family-friendly Pretoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Pretoria Art Museum and Union Buildings. National Zoological Gardens ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (341 reviews)
"Very comfortable bedding and a quiet room"

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
SUN1 Pretoria
SUN1 Pretoria
2 out of 5
80-85 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
Located in Pretoria Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Kruger Museum and Kruger House Museum. Old Raadsaal and Palace of Justice are also within ...
3.9/5 Good! (14 reviews)
"The place is just fine. Very small rooms thou otherwise just fine"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

SUN1 Pretoria
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ANEW Hotel Capital Pretoria
ANEW Hotel Capital Pretoria
3 out of 5
390 van der Walt Street, Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $38 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
5 out of 5
643 Corner Of Church And Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $48 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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SUN1 Pretoria
SUN1 Pretoria
2 out of 5
80-85 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
SUN1 Pretoria
Sierra Burgers Park Hotel
Sierra Burgers Park Hotel
3 out of 5
424 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $41 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Sierra Burgers Park Hotel
Manhattan Hotel
Manhattan Hotel
3 out of 5
247 Scheiding Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $47 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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StayEasy Pretoria
StayEasy Pretoria
3 out of 5
632 Lilian Ngoyi St, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $43 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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Morning Star Express Hotel
Morning Star Express Hotel
3 out of 5
327 Visagie Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
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RH Hotel Pretoria
RH Hotel Pretoria
3 out of 5
Corner Steve Biko Road & Trevenna Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng
The price is $39 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
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The Park Lodge Hotel
The Park Lodge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
499 Thabo Sehume street, Pretoria, Gauteng
The Park Lodge Hotel
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