Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Opposite Bo-Kaap Museum
Stop here and look across the street at the cream building with curvilinear mouldings and a high, open stoep. That's the Bo-Kaap Museum. The undulating roof-line was once widespread in Bo-Kaap, but today only two remain.
The museum is the oldest unaltered building in the Bo-Kaap. It boasts an original ‘bo-en-onder’ door, the up-and-down door. Have a careful look at it. Can you see the fanlight above the stable door? Now imagine a sudden rain shower. The temptation would be to close the upper section of the stable door, but that would mean that all the light and fresh air would be lost.
The fanlight is cleverly constructed like a sash window; its inner part can be pulled down and fastened to the lower part of the door while the upper half of the door remains open. Only two such doors remain in the city: here, at the Bo-Kaap Museum and also at No. 14 Keerom Street, opposite the Western Cape High Court.
The museum’s exhibits testify to the religious heritage and socio-political development of the area. Why not pop in there after this tour?
Now have a look a little further down the street. Can you see a shop called 'Rocksole'? It's the fourth building to the left of the museum.
This is another Bo-Kaap landmark. Here, the Jaga family have been repairing shoes for over a century. Jagar Jivan Parmar, a cobbler from Bombay settled in the Cape in 1902 where he started the shoemaker’s shop. In case your shoes have worn out on this walk, you know where to go!
We are now going to our final location on this tour. Turn right and start walking up the street. I'll stop you in a few moments.