Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Fourth Raadsaal

Bloemfontein in the Free State has a collection of beautiful historic buildings and statues all situated in the centre of town.  The one I liked the most on my recent visit was the Fourth Raadsaal. The foundation stone was laid by then Orange Free State President F. W. Reitz in 1890 and the building was completed in 1893. It is a Renaissance-style building in red brick with a prominent dome and a portico of Ionic columns.

The last session of the Parliament of the old Boer republic of the Orange Free State was held here before the occupation of Bloemfontein by British forces in March 1900. In front of the building is a monument (by Coert Steynberg) to Christiaan de Wet, a general during the Boer War.


The Fourth Raadsaal is now the seat of the Provincial Council of the province of Free State.  Good thing we were there over the weekend, otherwise the place would probably have been packed with cars.

5 comments:

  1. I love this old building and the beautiful statue. I just hope it gets preserved, and the statue does not disappear as it seems many have done in Joburg! Diane

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  2. That a lovely building Jonker and your first picture is the perfect shot of it.

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  3. Great architecture! You've captured it well.

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  4. Looks like it was well built and is well kept.

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