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Complicated History

There's a lot of difficult history showcased in Constitution Hill, but a visit here is inspiring: The past is meditated upon partly to show the progress that's been made in Johannesburg and South Africa in general. Originally housing a fortress, Constitution Hill became a site of imprisonment in the 1890s. The historic prisons here include the Old Fort (for white prisoners), Number Four (for black prisoners), and the Women's Prison. Along with innumerable everyday citizens, those who served time here include Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Fatima Meer. Today Constitution Hill includes absorbing museums focused on the site's significance as well as numerous event venues. It's also the perch of the Constitutional Court, intentionally moved here in the 2000s to symbolize justice on ground where many failed to receive it.

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* A variety of tours are offered at Constitution Hill, and can be booked here.

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