Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rhodes Memorial

One of my favorite spots in Cape Town is the Rhodes Memorial on the slopes of Table Mountain.

The monument was erected in memory of Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902). Rhodes was an English born South African businessman, mining magnate and politician. He was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 and Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe and Zambia) was named after him.
The memorial was built in the shape of a Greek temple. There are 49 steps (one for each year of Rhodes' life) leading up to a bust of Rhodes. The bronze statue of a horseman called Energy was sculpted by George Frederic Watts while the eight bronze lions flanking the steps are by John Macallan Swan.
Looking at the view from the memorial you can understand why Rhodes spent so much time up here enjoying the view. Whenever I'm in Cape Town I try to make an effort to stop by here, no matter how briefly.

9 comments:

  1. Cant tell u how many times I drive past this and havent stopped there in the last 4 years...I'm always on my own heading from one side of CT to the other to see family members...must try get there this time...its so beautiful.

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  2. Look at the sky !!!! looks like you could swim in it !!!!

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  3. Oh, how awesome! I haven't been there yet, will now definitely have to make a plan. The last shot is my favourite, it is a spectacular view indeed.

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  4. Oh I'm with Karin on shot number 3, the columns are a sensational frame for that AMAZING view, great shot..the sky in all of these shots is stunning.....sigh!

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  5. I like the photo with pillars. I was supposed to have been on a vacation in Ct this coming April but my fancial status doesn't allow me o do so. I so miss the city. Thanks for lovely photos.

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  6. Oh yes - it is a beautiful place and the view spectacular! Mmm - haven't stopped there for many years - will make an effort next time. The last time had tea in the restaurant with my Mum and Dad and Elaine who was about 3!! (We are ex-Rhodies afterall!) - a connection there!
    LOVE the last photo between the pillars!!

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  7. Nice shots. I like the last one best. The composition is great but that view is amazing!

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  8. *sigh* look at all those beautiful blue skies!

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  9. I've always loved Rhodes Mem - it's a great place for tea on a weekend morning. And that view through the columns reminds me of a similar photo I took last year - through the columns at the Washington Memorial in Washington DC!

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