Hidden Gem


In the Post Office building on historic Church Square in Pretoria, resides a very mysterious frieze. Rather unobtrusively placed in the portico of the building’s Eastern entrance, the golden couple has been the subject of much speculation. As they are anything but unobtrusive !!

The creator of the naked couple is renowned sculptor Anton Van Wouw and it is called “Morning and Night”.

A subtle clue is the man’s face, that resembles  of one of the figures at the foot of Anton Van Wouw’s statue of Paul Kruger in the centre of Church Square,

But who is the mysterious woman, forever cast in gold ?

The General Post Office was designed by Willaim Hawke, who was one of Sir Herbert Baker’s promising students.

The cornerstone was laid in 1910, and the building is still used as a Post Office today.

So, be sure to check it out the next time you are in Pretoria !!

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About tshwanetourist

freelance journalist, accidental tourist, avid sports fan, Mercedes Sosa convert
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