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Isivivane Memorial Park

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Office of Collaborative Architects, GAPP architects and urban designers, GREENinc, Mashabane Rose associates, MMA architects, Newtown Landscape Architects
location Pretoria
function memorial space, park
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The Isivivane Memorial Park, or Freedom Park, is perhaps Africa´s most ambitious contemporary memorial project. It is build on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop hill outside Pretoria. The elements in this hilly, indigenous landscape tell the story of South Africa’s painful journey to freedom and humanity. They stand in tribute to the spirit of resistance and the willingness to forgive which has made the South Africa of today possible. All the elements in the park are linked together by a spiral path, Mveledzo. Isivivane is a spiritual resting place for the souls of those people who died in the struggles for humanity and freedom. The 697m long Wall of Names honours the people who died in the 8 major conflicts that have shaped the South Africa of today. The Sanctuary provides a space for meditation. The ascending sculptural steel reeds are a symbolic representation of the reeds from which humans emerged in the African creation story and also signify the rebirth of the South African nation.

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Isivivane Memorial Park
Salvokop Nelson Mandela Drive
South Africa
Project is public!
Opening hours Tours take place daily at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00. Tours take between one and a half to two hours, depending on the number of visitors. Groups of 10 or more people can reserve a guided tour, send an e-Mail to The average duration of a tour is approximately 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Isivivane is a sacred space and visitors wishing to enter this area will be requested to remove their shoes. There is an alternative path around Isivivane.
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Completion 2006
Main designer, ArchitectOffice of Collaborative Architects
ArchitectGAPP architects and urban designers
Landscape architectGREENinc
ArchitectMashabane Rose associates
ArchitectMMA architects
Landscape architectNewtown Landscape Architects
Project ID 7139
Latitude/Longitude 25°46'05S 28°11'29E
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