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City Hall

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Venue:Darling Street
Cape Town

This imposing Edwardian building was the scene of Nelson Mandela's dramatic address to the South African nation on his release from prison. Whilst it is not in the best state of repair, Cape Town's City Hall remains a popular item on visitors' itineraries. The building first opened its doors as a city hall in 1905. Its most notable features include its exterior, dressed in Bath Stone, and a clock tower which is said to be precisely half the size of London's Big Ben. The City Hall is also used as a concert venue by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.