Built heritage
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MELVILLE KOPPIES
The ridges around the northwest of Joburg were once the home of Stone Age and Iron Age peoples.

Places to visit

credomutwa_thumbCredo Mutwa Village
A place of myth, the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village in the heart of Soweto contains remarkable sculptures and buildings by traditional healer, prophet and writer Credo Mutwa.

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Johannesburg has a rich history, remembered through its many memorials and monuments.

Buildings & sites
Johannesburg's eclectic past is reflected in its buildings and heritage sites, from Iron Age sites through to colonial influenced buildings designed by Herbert Baker.
16 June16 JUNE TRAIL
On 16 June 1976 Soweto erupted and the flames engulfed the whole country – the spark a protest march by schoolchildren. Follow in their footsteps along the heritage trail through the township.

GANDHI IN JOHANNESBURG
To be in Johannesburg is to walk in the footsteps of greatness, for it is the foundry that forged two of the 20th century's greatest leaders - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi at the beginning and Nelson Mandela later.
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Find out more about Johannesburg's tumultuous history and its diverse people and places by reading the plaques at significant sites around the city.

miners_thumb Public art
From statues and sculptures to murals and reliefs, there are many works of art dedicated to people or events that had a significant impact on the history of Johannesburg.

Inner City Map [download, 3Mb]

FIETAS MURAL
A subway wall becomes a canvas for memories. Linking Fordsburg with the old suburb of Fietas, the massive mural reminds us of a vibrant time passed – destroyed by apartheid.

PUBLIC ART POLICY
Check out the benefits for enhancing the urban environment.
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FLYING THE FLAG POLICY
Flying flags promotes social cohesion.
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Kliptown Square
REBATES
Because the costs of maintaining a heritage property can be significant the City of Johannesburg offers support to responsible owners of heritage sites.
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HERITAGE POLICY
Find out more about the heritage policy framework [PDF, 274kb]
IMMOVABLE HERITAGE INVENTORY
A list of some of Joburg's historical monuments and sites. MORE >>>