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February 19, 2013

Cape Town statues – a photo essay

In every corner of Cape Town one can find memorials to those who shaped South Africa's history, from colonialists to freedom fighters, from statesmen to soldiers – and even a remarkable dog.

Carved in stone or cast in bronze, these monuments to the architects of our history remind us of the journey taken to where we are today.

The north-east view from Rhodes Memorial, on the slopes of Devil's Peak, echoes Cecil John Rhodes' vision of a British colonial Africa from Cape to Cairo. Photo courtesy of Kyknoord

South Africa's four Nobel Peace Prize laureates at the V&A Waterfront: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Photo courtesy of flowcomm

The statue of Able Seaman Just Nuisance, the only dog to ever be enlisted in the Royal Navy, at Jubilee Square in Simon's Town. Photo courtesy of DanieVDM

Statesman Jan Smuts, a soldier, lawyer, philosopher and politician, and one of the founders of both the League of Nations and United Nations. Photo courtesy of Kleinz1

War memorials in the Company's Garden. Photo courtesy of DanieDVM

The Cape of Good Hope's first governor, Jan van Riebeeck, stands on the Foreshore. RobW_

A part of the striking memorial to the Gugulethu Seven, a group of young anti-apartheid activists who were ambushed and killed by police in 1986. Photo courtesy of Craig Strachan

This memorial, in the Company's Garden, commemorates the thousands who died in the devastating Battle of Delville Wood, in the First World War. Photo courtesy of MySkyGarden

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