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"Historical icon standing watch over the square"

A thatch-roofed "Burgher Watch House" was built here in 1696. Then in 1710, the Burgher Council decided to add adjoining land to this site, and thus the future Greenmarket Square was created. As Cape Town's second oldest public space, Greenmarket Square has a long history as busy central meeting place, and is surrounded by various historical buildings. The most notable of these is the Cape Rococco style Town House, buiilt in 1755 to replace the original Watch House. During the VOC period, farmers and wagon-drivers from the countryside, hawkers, fishermen, travellers, slaves and slave-holders, free Blacks, soldiers and sailors, and Company officials congregated on the square. Slaves collected water from the public water pump which stood in the middle of the square. Proclamations and edicts were announced from the balcony of the Town House - such as the Slave Code of 1756. The building itself showcases the work of skilled slave artisans who are credited with producing the plaster relief mouldings. The Old Town Hall now houses the 'Michaelis Collection', a world-renowned selection of Netherlandish art from the seventeenth-century Golden Age. There are works by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Anthony van Dyck and numerous others.
Burg Street, Cape Town, South Africa
"Historical icon standing watch over the square"
A thatch-roofed "Burgher Watch House" was built here in 1696. Then in 1710, the Burgher Council decided to add adjoining land to this site, and thus the future Greenmarket Square was created. As Cape Town's second oldest public space, Greenmarket Square has a long history as busy central meeting place, and is surrounded by various historical buildings. The most notable of these is the Cape Rococco style Town House, buiilt in 1755 to replace the original Watch House. During the VOC period, farmers and wagon-drivers from the countryside, hawkers, fishermen, travellers, slaves and slave-holders, free Blacks, soldiers and sailors, and Company officials congregated on the square. Slaves collected water from the public water pump which stood in the middle of the square. Proclamations and edicts were announced from the balcony of the Town House - such as the Slave Code of 1756. The building itself showcases the work of skilled slave artisans who are credited with producing the plaster relief mouldings. The Old Town Hall now houses the 'Michaelis Collection', a world-renowned selection of Netherlandish art from the seventeenth-century Golden Age. There are works by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Anthony van Dyck and numerous others.
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