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The Castle of Good Hope dates from between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. From 1678, it was the centre for civilian, administrative and military life in the Cape area and today remains the seat of the military (you see uniformed soldiers still walking through the courtyard) and houses an excellent museum and art collection representing the history of life in the Cape.

Housed in four rooms behind elaborately carved double doors to the rear of the kat balcony is the William Fehr Collection, one of the most important exhibits of decorative arts not only in Cape Town, but also South Africa. This priceless array of paintings, ceramics, and furnishings is the legacy of business tycoon William Fehr. It includes works by old masters such as Thomas Blaines.

In 1936 the Castle was declared a national monument. Extensive restorations completed during the 1980s make the Castle the best preserved example of a VOC fort. The Castle of Good Hope is a great place to get a bit of an inside into the history of South Africa.

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