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Surrounded by furniture and antique shops, this mosque has become a landmark with its tower jutting up between the buildings. It is one of a number of old and attractive buildings that date back to some of the earliest days of Durban's history. The outer walls are painted a refreshing peppermint green color. Visitors are welcome but requested to leave their shoes at the entrance.
This museum is located in the center of the town and examines Durban's history. The museum focuses on the history of racial laws in Durban, and is housed in the former Department of Native Affairs building. Photographs and video exhibits examine the political and social struggles that characterized the apartheid period and the colonial period before it.
South Africa's third-largest city after Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban is golden sands and Afro-Indian culture. The city is home to the largest population of Indians outside of India. Over the years, the distinctive traditions of the subcontinent have been irrevocably fused with the native culture of South African - Durban's local flavor is one that is entirely unique. Durban's Golden Mile is its most defining feature, a stunning, 5.9 kilometers (3.7-mile) stretch of sun-baked sand that edges the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers flock to the waterfront, replete with restaurants, resorts, souvenir shops and pools. For a close encounter with sharks, there's the uShaka Marine World, while Florida Road is the place to be for culture, cafes and nightlife. Although not well-known, the Inanda Heritage Route winds its way through the Inanda Valley, linking together sites of great import to the history of the nation, including such gems as the home of Mahatma Gandhi, the grave of Dr. John L. Dube, and the Ohlange Institute where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in 1994. The nearby Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, alternatively, grant a glimpse into the intriguing lives of the Zulus. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a popular modern landmark and along with a blooming food scene, Durban is a beachside beauty on the rise.
This old railway station building, built in 1898, formerly served as the main railway station house in Durban's city center. It is one of the few remaining stations in South Africa with a British, Victorian design. It underwent extensive changes under the apartheid system in order to ensure separate facilities and train access for members of different racial groups. Today the old station has become 'Tourist Junction,' the extensive and main tourist information bureau for Durban and KwaZuluNatal. Oddly, the roof of the station was built to support five meters/16 feet of snow because of a mix-up in its initial planning, when the London architects sent the roof plans for the Toronto Station to Durban in error.
The Mahatma Gandhi Bust commemorates Indian freedom fighter and leader Mahatma Gandhi. It is located right in front of the rail station where Gandhi bought his ticket to Johannesburg. It is visited by various enthusiastic tourists and locals who wish to reminisce about his victories and tragedies.
Sometimes known as the Southern Life Building, 88 on Field has been the tallest building in Durban since 1986, with 26 floors that reach 146.5 meters/480 feet into the sky. An integral part of the Durban skyline, the building's shining glass facade and modern design make it one of the city's most beautiful architectural gems.