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Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town - Cape Town Landmarks and Attractions

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rhodes memorial cape townThe magnificent floodlit memorial to Cecil John Rhodes, stands on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, on the Northern flank of Table Mountain. It was built in 1912 on the very place where Rhodes used to sit and contemplate his future. It was a short ride on horseback from his town home – Groote Schuur – (from which the famous hospital takes it’s name) - which is now separated by the M3 Rhodes Drive motorway.

The Rhodes Memorial was financed by public subscription raised from the estimated 30 000 citizens of Cape Town in deference for all that Rhodes had accomplished, and the very considerable contribution he had made to the development and increasing prosperity of Southern Africa, (seldom realized these days), during his dynamic 32 years in this Country. Built with granite dressed from the rock bases upon which the Quartzite strata of the mountain rest, the monument was designed by Sir Francis Macey and Sir Herbert Baker who, deprived of Rhodes’ “compulsion to direct”, were able to give full reign to their imagination and skills.

Incorporating Doric columns, the classical architecture so revered by CJR, the eight lions, were cast “in situ” by J.W Swan, modeled upon those protecting Nelson column in Trafalgar Square, London, and are a Tribute to Rhodes’ wish to have real lions roaming his ‘African Wildlife Garden’ for all the citizens to enjoy. Swan also sculpted the bust of Rhodes, ( whom he, by the way, had never met), from photographs, but sadly nearly finished, his untimely death prevented it’s completion by his own hand. The Memorial was dedicated at a public ceremony in 1912 by Sir Earl Grey, British Colonial Secretary, who made a special trip to South Africa for the occasion, and the unveiling was performed by the then Mayor of Cape Town, Sir Frank Smith.

Rhodes Memorial, which nestles at the base of Devil's Peak, provides spectacular views towards both Table Bay and False Bay and the Hottentots Holland mountains in the far distance. A visit is worthwhile if only for the panoramic views - at the same time stop for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at the popular outdoor tea-room.

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
The restaurant is situated in the beautiful Table Mountain National Park directly behind the famous Rhodes Memorial. In an elevated position, the restaurant has stunning views over the northern and eastern Cape Town suburbs and the Hottentots Holland mountain range. Owned for the past 12 years by Carrie & Roy van Litsenborgh the restaurant caters for locals and tourists with a variety of cuisine to suit all tastes.

The restaurant offers outdoor seating in summer on the terrace and indoor with a roaring log fire for cosy winter lunches.
The restaurant prides itself on its cuisine, all of which is prepared from the freshest ingredients and all dishes are made to order. There is also a daily specials board with a variety of traditional and some unusual meals.

The restaurant is also famous for its home-made cakes and deserts, all of which are prepared on the premises.
There is ample free secure parking and many mountain walks start or finish at the restaurant.Reservations are essential, particularly on the weekends.

 



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