Wale Street - Cape Town
St Georges Cathedral
When visiting Cape Town most people find themselves in Wale Street at some time or the other.
It is easily found as it is at the top of Adderley Street and runs at right angles to it.
Wale Street has a number of interesting buildings in it.
Wale Street in the 1800's
At its prime it housed 500 slaves but has served many other purposes since then being converted in 1806 into an office complex where it served as the Supreme court in Cape Town as well as the Post office. Today it is the South African Cultural History Museum.
Wale Street as it is at present
Walking up Wale Street towards Signal Hill the next building which is also on the corner of Wale Street and Adderley Street is the old Board of Executors Building.
In the time of van der Stel it was the company hospital and had beds for a 1000 people.
Opposite the Board of Executors building is St Georges Cathedral which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and had its foundations laid in 1901.
Monument to Bishop Gray in St Georges mall
In St Georges Mall which is opposite the new cathedral is a red granite cross which was erected in his honour.
Opposite the Board of Executors building and the red cross is the old Rhodes building.
As most of Cape Town centred around Wale Street in the 1800's this building was in the centre of the business district at the time.
Bo Kaap Museum
The residents of the area have established a museum in a house which dates back to the 18th century and was originally owned by Effendi Abu Bakr who was an emissary of the Ottoman Government in Turkey. A visit to the Bo Kaap should include a visit to the Museum. Today however there is much concern in the Bo Kaap as many people are being lured into selling their properties by the high prices being offered. What was once a Muslim stronghold could now become watered down and the Cape could lose an integral part of its cultural history.
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