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South Africa, Greece, Rome: a digital museum

Monumental architecture 20 items

In several instances South African architecture displays classical elements. In the case of George Watts and Herbert Baker’s Memorial to Cecil John Rhodes in Cape Town, the architecture and sculpture are intentionally and explicitly classicizing. In other cases, ancient or Renaissance Greco-Roman architectural elements are present but less pointed or else blended with other styles, such as the façade of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Johannesburg or the Union Buildings in Pretoria. More recent monuments sometimes loudly defy these classical influences, like Wilma Cruise and Gavin Young’s Slave Memorial in Cape Town.