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Castle of Good Hope - The gateway
The gateway – built in 1682 – replaced the old entrance, which faced the sea. The pediment bears the coat of arms of the United Netherlands, portraying the crowned lion rampant holding the seven arrows of unity in its paw. Carved on the architrave below are the arms of Van Hoorn, Delft , Amsterdam, Middelburg, Rotterdam and Enkhuizen—all Dutch cities in which the United East India Company had chambers. Two VOC (Vereenighde Oost-Indische Compagnie) monograms flank the carvings.
The two pilasters, entablature and pediment above are built of grey-blue stone, while the entrance is made of small yellow bricks called ijselstene, making it a unique example of 17th century Dutch classicism at the Cape .
Sections of the moat, which previously formed part of the defence system of the Castle, were rebuilt in 1992 during restorations.
The Castle of Good Hope would be referred to as 'Kui keip'(Stone Kraal) by the Khoina.
Castle of Good Hope - Torture chambers
Before someone could be executed, they had to confess to their sin. First off was the torture chamber where they had three methods of torture after which they were taken to the black cell for 24 hours. If they did not confess, they were sent to Robben Eiland to serve their sentence there.
Castle of Good Hope - storage cells
The ammo was stored here, but the water came through the walls and contaminated it rendering it useless. They then decided to digg a hole in the floor, but due to all the underground water, it pushed water up into the storage cell instead of draining it away.
Cape of Good Hope 2.
Most of the people (including me) think that this point is the southern part of Africa, and the place were the two ocenas meet, that´s wrong that place is Cape Agulhas. But besides that is an interesting place and a good place to see the strong winds and the powerful sea.
cape of good hope
The cape park is a good day trip out of cape town where you can spot animals see the Cape of good hope and take some penguin pics.
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Cape of Good Hope 4. Baboons.
Here is very easy to see this cute and noisy animal. The Chacma Baboon are the only protected population of this animal in Africa. They can be dangerous and there´s a fine if you feed them.
Castle of Good Hope - cannons
All along the walls of the castle you will find the canons still in their place watching over the adjacent areas
Castle of Good Hope - Military museum
You will find uniforms here from the various times that the castle was occupied and an exhibition from the Boere war.
Castle of Good Hope - Watering well
A well was made in the castle grounds in order to provide fresh water to the people living there and can still be seen today with its water pump displayed on the opposite wall.
Castle of Good Hope - jail
These cells were used for military personell who did not behave. If they drank too much they were locked up, same thing if they had a fight in the local pubs.
castle of good hope
The fort is still there plus there is a museum and shop here.
I do not know why they did not think to use the mountain to build the fort on instead!
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