Cape Town on Foot: Castle to Slave Lodge

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    05 Sep 2016
    Clock 30min      Length1mi
    9 ratings

    General Post Office

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    Stop here for a moment and look directly across the side street in front of you. The impressive art deco building on the opposite side of the street is the General Post Office, designed by Henry Greaves.

    It's worth going inside and experiencing the boisterous bazaar on the ground floor which was once the main postal hall. There's also a collection of impressive painted murals hanging inside the main hall, created by Sydney Carter and George William Pilkington. These murals show the Union Castle Mail ship, the landing of the 1820 settlers, Cape Dutch architecture, the Malay Quarter, Jan van Riebeeck landing at Table Bay, and Lady Ann Barnard on the Grand Parade.

    If you'd like to learn more about the murals, please join me on a live tour of this area. I have lots of interesting stories to share about this fascinating building.

    But for now, it's time to walk on. Continue along Darling Street. While you walk, look over at the buildings on your left. I'm going to tell you more about them in a minute.

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