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Category: Cities, Local time: 12:14:13, Address: Cape Town, South Africa, Official WWW website:

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GPS: -33.9242, 18.4188
Altitude: 11 m
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Last update: 2012-10-22 07:18:25

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 Aura: 79Reviews: 4702011-08-24 10:01:12
Cape Town is the third largest city in South Africa . It is the capital of the province Western Cape. The South African parliament and a number of other governmental institutions are located there. Due to the magnificent nature surrounding the city, it is a popular tourist destination and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A little bit of history

Cape Town was the first European settlement in the area of today's South Africa. However, it was inhabited even before the arrival of Europeans but the first written record comes from 1486. Cape Town was founded in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a supply station for Dutch ships. A fort called Fort de Goede Hoop, nowadays called Castle of Good Hope, was built there to defend the city from the natives. At the end of the 19th century, gold and diamonds were discovered in South Africa. The number of inhabitants decreased but Cape Town became an important trade port. In 1901, an epidemic of bubonic plague became the pretence for racial segregation of the inhabitants. The black population was given two city quarters. One of the local opponents to the apartheid (racial segregation) was Nelson Mandela himself. Many opponents were imprisoned on the Robben Island . Today, the island is a popular tourist attraction. It is listed on the World Heritage List UNESCO.


The center of Cape Town spreads on the edge of the mountainous Cape Peninsula near the Cape of Good Hope. The Table Mountain towers over Cape Town. You can get to its top by a cableway with rotating floor. The Table Mountain National Park surrounds the Table Mountain. There is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on the mountain's southern foothill. Cape Town and its coast offer several different types of beaches, the most famous of which is the Boulders Beach due to a colony of African penguins that lives there.

Tourist sites

There is a number of monuments in Cape Town. The most significant are located in Central Business District (old governmental buildings) and in the Long Street. Near the docks, there is the most sought-after shopping area- the Victoria complex. Apart from many shops, there is the Two Oceans Aquarium. Other places of interest in the city center: the oldest building in south Africa- i.e. the already mentioned fortress, the town hall, the St George's Cathedral, the National Gallery and the National Museum. A festival of African culture and a competition in surfing are annually held in Cape Town. Cape Town has more than 3.5 million inhabitants now.

Cities around

Cape TownDurbanville (23km)Noordhoek (20km)Kommetjie (26km)Somerset West (44km)Strand (43km)Pringle Bay (61km)

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