Built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest colonial building in South Africa.
The purpose of the Dutch settlement in the Cape was to act as a replenishment station for ships passing the treacherous coast around the Cape on long voyages between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).
The 10 meter walls were built of stone and earth. One bastion was built at each point of star and contained living quarters or storerooms. Dungeons were built below sea level and no attack was ever launched against the Castle. Today the Castle houses a military and maritime museum and is a popular tourist attraction.
The inner grounds of the Castle with a beautiful view of the mountain. Even more so on a cloudless day. This fortress housed a church, bakery, various workshops, living quarters, and cells, among other facilities. The yellow paint on the walls was originally chosen because it lessened the effect of the heat and the sun.
There were some little duckies swimming here in this fountain!