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Financed by the people of Cape Town in appreciation of a visionary who pioneered the regulating of world diamond trading, Rhodes Memorial is located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. The memorial is in honour of Cecil John Rhodes, a British born sickly young lad who travelled to South Africa to join his brother farming and later on the Kimberley diamond fields. He was to make a fortune there and start the De Beers Mining Company. One of Rhodes’ properties was that of the Groote Schuur (great barn) estate below Devil’s Peak and when he died in 1902 at age 49, a decision was taken to erect the memorial above the estate which he bequeathed to the public.
The building of Rhodes Memorial was completed in 1912 and overseen by Sir Herbert Baker, a well-known architect. The centre piece is a bronze statue of a man on a bucking horse and the monument leads up 49... Show more