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“Where two oceans meet at the southern tip of the African continent, the Dutch East India Company (commonly called the VOC) built a bastion fort which they named Kasteel de Goede Hoop to replace the original wood and clay fort built by van Riebeeck upon his arrival in 1652 to serve as a refreshment station for ships en route to the east. This became their “offshore headquarters” in what is now Cape Town, South Africa. The Castle was originally located on the coastline of Table Bay but, following reclamation, the fort is now located a short distance inland within the Central Business District.
In its early days, the fortress housed a church, bakery, various workshops, living quarters, shops, and cells, among other facilities. The yellow paint on the walls was originally chosen because it lessened the effect of heat and the sun. A wall, built to protect citizens in case of an attack, divides the inner courtyard, which also houses the De Kat portico, entrance to the last residence of the governor of the Cape at the Castle. The “Kings of the Castle” statues now proudly adorn the front of it.
With a rich and diverse history and seeking to incorporate our modern history, the Castle of Good Hope hosts a variety of museums and installations ranging from the Cape Heritage Museum and the Camissa Museum to the William Fehr Collection and Military Museum and can rightfully call itself one of the most important national heritage sites in South Africa and well worth a visit if you are in the City.”
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