The Hill Café in Braamfontein is set on the site of the historical Old Fort at Constitution Hill. The Fort, built in 1892 by Paul Kruger, served as either a military base or a prison. Some famous political prisoners were incarcerated there – from Mahatma Gandhi in 1906 to Nelson Mandela 1962 while he awaited the Rivonia Trial.
Today Constitution Hill is home to the highest court in the land – one of the most celebrated constitutional democracies in the world, and is one of the country’s most important heritage sites and visitor destinations. The court houses a wide collection of artworks by South African artists and walking tours give visitors a chance to experience real court cases.
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