Rhodes Memorial is on Devil’s Peak as a part of Table Mountain. It is a memorial to English-born South African politician Cecil John Rhodes. The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
It is situated at Rhodes’s favorite spot on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak. The magnificent view facing northwest can be imagined as the start of the Cape to Cairo road, which was Rhodes’s imperial dream of a British colonial Africa.
Rhodes owned vast areas of the lower slopes of Table Mountain, most of which he gave to the nation on his death. Part of his estate was used for the University of Cape Town upper campus. Another part of his estate is now the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Located in Table Mountain National Park, Rhodes Memorial was quite a drive up the mountain.
The view from the Rhodes Memorial was amazing. You could see for miles and miles.
We could see the ocean from around Devil’s Peak. These tall trees on the mountain side provide shade and shelter for the wild animals in the Table Mountain National Park.
Nick, Sue and Bryan posing in front of the view. Nick, is that a little bit a smile there? For those of you that don’t know Nick, its quite a task to get him to smile for pictures… 😉
At the bottom of the steps is a bronze statue of a horseman, Energy by George Frederic Watts.
Eight bronze lions by the steps lead up to the memorial with a bust of Rhodes.
The inscription at the top of the bust says, ” To the spirit and life work of Cecil John Rhodes who loved and served South Africa.”
Someone had painted his eyes white. It was actually quite creepy. I couldn’t imagine why they thought that would be a good idea…
The memorial was modelled after the Greek temple at Segesta. It consists of a massive staircase with 49 steps (one for each year of Rhodes’s life) leading from a semi-circular terrace up to a rectangular U-shaped monument formed of pillars.
Nick and Sue heading up the steps to view the Rhodes plaque.
What a nice view for the statues…
While Catherine was busy at the wedding venue the day before the wedding, I was escorting my family around some cool sights that we hadn’t seen yet! I had to take a picture of myself here so I had proof that I was here.
Many people come here to relax and just enjoy the view. The colossal pillars and temple provide shade to go along with the magnificent view. Something that is a must on a sunny summer day.
Sue taking in the great view…… or just having a rest after the stairs….. 😉
Such a good idea Sue! Let’s all sit and take a rest.
Bryan getting one final view of everything before we left.
The family and I had a great time at the Rhodes Memorial. This being my second time in Cape Town, I have driven on the M3 many times and have seen the memorial from the distance countless times. Also, on the red sightseeing bus, they talk about Rhodes as a major contributor to what Cape Town is today.
I have wanted to drive up here many times, and was glad that I got to enjoy it with my family. Too bad Catherine was not there…. She was busy making our wedding beautiful. The following day we were GETTING MARRIED!! Thanks to my family for keeping me company on this day.