Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Johannesburg
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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  • An amazing experience and really enriched my knowledge and understanding of apartheid South Africa and the post-Apartheid South Africa reconciliation process currently in progress. I have recommended ...  more »
  • Very interesting, excellent guide, « before and after » realization is excellent, very immersive experience in jails  more »
  • We went to Constitutional Hill on the recommendation of a South African we met and were very grateful for the experience. It really showed how terribly the Apartheid regime treated both dissidents and...  more »
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  • Very rich history here. The sort of how the courts were build just next tot the prison using the same exact bricks that built the prison. They did this to show people that the past can be used as a building block to the future. They also did this to remind people that in future hey will not allow South Africans to go back to the same place they were in. I love the African look and few inside the courts and the amazing gigantic door. The cells have a rich history as well and it’s definitely one place I highly suggest and advice you visit if you Tour South Africa.
  • Love this venue. I mostly go for live entertainment/events but it's also rich in history and information. I would definitely take my visitors there any day even if there's no live entertainment scheduled. I also live the interactive videos bringing life to the actual lives of the victims, no survivors.
  • Beautiful Place. I loved the Underground 🚇 Parking 🅿 due to a Storm that day. Very convenient n safe. Police n security all around
  • If you haven't visited Constitutional Hill yet you absolutely must. The museum is one of a kind and has the perfect combination of old and new exhibits. The old structure and parts of the prison are still there and the court itself is easily accessible. I highly recommend getting one of the tour guides to take you around as there's a long and complex but fascinating history behind it.
  • Rich in history. Houses old woman prison and on the other hand the constitutional court. Good place to visit

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