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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Constitution hill is a place where we can learn a lot and see all the absurdities that took place in the past. Of course it is very sad I felt like crying all the time but in South Africa one has to go deep into...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

memorial with an active court and an open aura woith good transparency, where musuem pieces are used in court or before in the waiting chambers... Excellent architecture. Congrats - SA.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was more than we expected and were lucky to be there for the guided tour. This was so interesting, if somewhat disturbing - that one group of humans should treat another in such a demeaning and cruel way. The guide was so good -...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating museum which really brings the apartheid era to life. The personal accounts and Mandela’s cell with his diaries and letters were particularly fascinating. There was a lot to see and I’d definitely go back - would probably do a tour if so (I’m generally...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The constitutional court up on the constitutional hill is nothing what a western visitor would expect that a building of this designation would look like. It combines its main function with historical references, like a decree by King George the Fifth and modern art. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a brilliant place . So much to see and experience. The tour was so interesting and the guide engaging. Just loved seeing and experiencing the history of South Africa. Horrendous treatment of prisoners was shocking and stunned many of the guests.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All the exhibits are only available if you use a guide and they hound you so much that we simply gave up. The cafe is poorly stocked and not able to supply the food that was advertised.More

Thank Robert J
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Robert J, Thank you for visiting us. We apologise that you had a difficult experience with doing a self-guided tour, as well as with the Cafe. We will be sure to take your feedback up with our team to ensure that our standards of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very informative insight into a murky past. The guide had a great rapport with visitors.Loved the High Court building

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Thank Magdalena K
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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Magdalena K, Thank you for visiting us. We do hope you will return again soon! Best regards,

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Constitution Hill was a prison rebuilt to be a Court. We were shown the hardship of inmates and the cruelty they were subjected and the cramped conditions the lived in. It was somewhat sickening to learn about this piece of history. This visit is part...More

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Chong A, Thank you for visiting and for sharing your experience. We hope you will continue to share with friends and family about the site. Best regards

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Even though we got soaked, this was well worth doing. Our guide was superb - and handed out ponchos to keep the rain off. The treatment of prisoners (this site was a gaol until the 1980’s) was terrible. The inhumanity is unspeakable. Now there’s the...More

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ConHill-SA, Public Relations Manager at Constitution Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Stevethearchitect, Thank you for visiting us and for taking a guided tour. We do hope that you will return again in the near future. Best regrads ConHill

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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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