Date: 2016/10/31 / Author: ReaVaya Admin / Category: Site Seeing - Destintions
Created in 1893 as a high-security prison on the Braamfontein ridge,
it was later a fort, and later still it became an infamous site in the
apartheid history of the city. Constitution Hill today stands tall, a
symbol of hope, courage and creativity for a new nation.
Hundreds of thousands of people were jailed there - including famous
figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela.
Stroll around the sites of the Old Fort, where white inmates were kept;
Section Four and Section Five, the natives’ jail, built in 1902; and the
women's jail added in 1909, or walk along the Old Fort ramparts to get
an elevated perspective of the Joburg inner city.
All of these historical buildings and sites have been restored. The
Constitutional Court itself is newly built and holds some spectacular
architectural features and art work. Bricks used in its construction
were preserved from the old prison.
Conhill is open daily, except for Sundays, and offers guided tours. Get more information from the Conhill website. There is a public toilet in this area, on the corner of Kotze and Hospital streets.