An Impressive Work of Art from Granite and Bronze
The Rhodes Memorial is an impressive work of art of granite and bronze, situated at the base of Devils Peak, fairly close to the University of Cape Town. It was designed by Herbert Baker and completed in 1912 and now falls under San Parks as part of the Table Mountain National Park. The memorial was erected in honour of Cecil John Rhodes, a South African politician born in England, who played an important role in the development of South Africa.
Rhodes left the following tracts of land to the State:
This was Cecil Rhodes favourite place in Cape Town, on the lower slopes of Devils Peak and his own bench that he sat on in this place is still there below the memorial. The bench faces stunning views of Cape Town
Sir Herbert Baker was the architect who designed the memorial and he modeled it after the Greek temple at Segesta in Sicily, Italy but has elopements of the Pergamum. The memorial consists of:
At the bottom of the steps of the memorial is a bronze statue of a horse by George Frederic Watts who named the statue Physical Energy.
To the spirit and life work of Cecil John Rhodes who loved and served South Africa.
The immense and brooding spirit still Shall quicken and control. Living he was the land, and dead, His soul shall be her soul!
The memorial is part of the Table Mountain National Park and offers the following:
Open: Sunrise to Sunset
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