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Constitution Hill

Constitutional Court | Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
+27 11 381 3100
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Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes.
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Constitutional Court | Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Constitution Hill with Robin Binckes as our guide. I can’t say that I often do guided tours but in this case it is an absolute must as Robin is a master storyteller. There is so much hiding in plain sight with this building...More

Thank Ryan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot to see at Constitution Hill. It is fully of history as well as the future. A little group took a guided tour and really was well worth it. The guide was wonderful explaining the prisons. The lower prison is where Ghandi...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been yo Johannesburg a few times. Thos was our first visit to this site...WOW!!! Indeed a must see for anyone? Particularly South Africans. This visit reminds us who we are and what we are called to be. We were blessed to meet Mr....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The courthouse is beautiful and I think the way they've incorporated materials from the old prison as well as powerful art is brilliant. The jail tour is graphic and horrific - but we all need to be reminded how RECENTLY this place was still open,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming to Johannesburg with some understanding of its history, we trekked to visit this site. It is quite large, originally an old prison site that housed separate men’s and women’s jail. If you visit prepare to be disturbed by its past and excited about its...More

Thank TravelingJ2014
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poignant visit to a landmark in SA's history. If you have understanding then visit... or it will be a 'oh, that is nice' time. The artistic symbolism is superb. Read up on it before you go.

Thank Ian A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a n interesting concept. The visitor center where you can buy the ticket to the guided tour is kind of hidden. The courthouse has a small museum. There was an interesting music playing near the 'The Flame of Democracy'. There is not enough...More

Thank Nonik11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The court was interesting but the jails, used during Apartheid, were quite upsetting to see because of their barbaric aspects.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an interesting and inspiring time touring the place and gained a much better understanding about SA in the Apartheid era. Really enjoyed the full guided tour which went through the whole museum and ended up in the Constitutional Court. Tour is highly recommended!

Thank Luke Y
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting to visit. You will learn about the court process and understand how was built and why the format, number of judges, the symbols, national flag and all the elements arround. Take your time and visit the Prision Number 4 where Mandela and Gandhi...More

Thank Gustavo C
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ConHill-SA, Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review please spread the word!

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sterner2016
9 August 2016|
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Response from ConHill-SA | Property representative |
Hi sterner2016, the ConHill tours start at 9am. There is a guided tour departing every hour. Thank you!
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