Church Square

This impressive city square is a rare bird in South African cities. The Square gardens, dominated by a statue of Paul Kruger, an iconic figure of Boer resistance to British rule, look onto the Palace of Justice, where Nelson Mandela and his compatriots were tried and sentenced to life in prison during the famous Rivonia Trial of 1964. Other historic buildings include the Ou Raadsaal (Old Government) building, the Old Capitol Theatre and the Old Nederlandsche Bank building.


Church Square is a short drive from the Pretoria Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere


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