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Pietermaritzburg Travel guide
Pietermaritzburg : Michelin's recommendations
Pietermaritzburg, the parliamentary capital of KwaZulu-Natal, should be explored on foot. Its colonial buildings, museums and Indian quarter reveal fragments of its past. Once part of Zulu territory, Pietermaritzburg became the capital of the Republic of Natalia after the Boers’ Blood River victory in 1838. But in 1843 the English took the town in hand, endowing it with sizable Victorian buildings. The story of the city’s development wouldn’t be complete without that of the 19C Indian immigrants who came to work in the sugarcane industry.
Tourist attractions Pietermaritzburg : Things to see and do
Chief Albert Luthuli
The Old Supreme Court houses one of the richest collections of paintings in the country, the Tatham Art Gallery. On the ground floor, note the portrait of the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini. The first floor mainly features works by 20C South African ..
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The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is the largest in KwaZulu-Natal. It contains two spectacular dioramas of natural sciences and ethnographic collections, in particular a reconstruction of a San cave and numerous Zulu objects covered with beadwork.
City Hall stands on the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli Street and Church Street. This superb red brick monument, whose 47m-tall tower looks like a Baroque version of Big Ben, is said to be the largest brick building in the southern hemisphere. It dat..