Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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Take a tour of Constitution Hill, a hilltop precinct that overlooks the downtown area and serves as the home of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Built in the late 19th century by Boer settlers, the complex was used as a prison until 1987--prominent figures like Nelson and Winnie Mandela, as well as Mahatma Gandhi were jailed here. On a tour of the complex, now a museum, you can delve into the country's turbulent history, human rights struggles, and democratic progress. To visit Constitution Hill and get the most from your holiday in Johannesburg, create itinerary details personal to you using our Johannesburg trip maker .
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  • It was very informative, I didn't really think a court was actually at constitutional hill funny enough  more »
  • The Constitution Hill has a great exhibition in the main building. Both the understanding of Mahatma Ghandi and also Nelson Mandela are exemplary.
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  • Constitution Hill is very interesting and informative and gives an important insight into life before and after apartheid. To make the most of it, I'd recommend you to have a guide.  more »
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  • This is one place that is both historical and fun. The activities range from a tour of the women jail where you learn about phenomenal female leaders who played a huge role in South Africa. You will also get to explore the mail jail where you get to find yourself in an emotional but educative space that allows you to(in a light manner) experience the racial segregation in prisons and get to learn about the bad treatment and humiliation of blacks. The place also has a great garden with information hanging around. The staff is helpful and great. On the premises there's also the constitutional court which you can get to explore and learn more about it when you take a tour The place does from time to time host really great events that you can be part of and its a good place to visit with families and friends
  • If you want to appreciate the banal evil of apartheid and the astounding transition to democracy Constitution Hill cannot be missed. It is a painful and haunting visit, particularly if you are a South African for whom these memories are real and visceral. The Number 4 prison complex underlines the cruelty of apartheid while the Constitutional Court celebrates exactly the opposite, movingly built by bricks from the former awaiting trial complex. The ideas of constitutionalism and transparency are celebrated in the architecture and ethos of the place, a much-needed counterpoint to the horrors down the way. The place reminds you of what once made South Africa a disgrace - and also of the hope that embodies what it has now become. Constitutional Hill is a place of memories and reminders of what we aspire to be.
  • My guide on the 2 hour tour was Nthabiseng. She was so amazing. I cannot begin to adequately express how patient, informative and engaging she was. She encouraged, entertained and welcomed all debates and theoretical discussions from us as the tourists. The museum is interactive and very well orchestrated.
  • South Africa's beautiful, modern and inclusive constitutional court represents our bright and hopeful future. It contrasts grimly with the old, Victorian style prisons (a glimpse into the cruel past) built on the same site. A very worthwhile place to visit, and you can get there easily on the Red Bus tour which leaves from Rosebank. I'd recommend taking one of the guided tours (find out beforehand what time they start).
  • One of my favourite museums. The new app is great. A must visit when doing a city trip to Johannesburg.
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