An, as yet, unexplained phenomenon occurs in one of the windows in this stately church each day as the sun is setting. The image resembling the crucifixion of Christ appears in only one of the windows, although it is of the same hue, consistency and construction as all the others. To date, no chemical or physical explanation has been found, and the occurrence is widely accepted as a form of stigmata. The window is of hammered, amber glass and grants an amazingly clear picture of the scenes at Golgotha. For visits, phone and arrange details.
With the frequently vaunted claim of making more millionaires than anyone else, this casino is well patronized by locals and tourists alike. A full house of slot machines, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and Crap tables, with lots more besides, will cater for most tastes. The food on offer is always good, and staff members are close at hand to assist customers. Open, for all intents and purposes, all day every day, the casino is conveniently located next to a retail shopping complex, a gym facility as well as cinemas and coffee shops.
An early Twentieth Century house takes your children back in time, to watch (mostly) kids' Classic plays. You can also see every room decorated with old sets, costumes and pictures both photographic and impressionistic. The National Children's Theater is run by an award-winning executive director. About 120 patrons can occupy the theater on floor-mats or chairs, the latter if you're over a certain age. Casts are sent out, too, if a theater loving school can't afford its own journey. This is sheer entertainment, as well as educational theater. There are also interactive theater workshops if your kid hankers after being either a professional walk-on or a Star. Call ahead for hours.
Formerly known as Sandton Square, this hub of city life in Johannesburg was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in 2004 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the birth of South Africa's democracy. Also the home of the Nelson Mandela statue, which was unveiled when the square was renamed, the square serves not only as a tribute to the famed president's historic efforts to bring peace to the nation, but also a focal point where visitors and locals alike can contemplate the country's turbulent past. An Italian-style piazza full of shops, restaurants, and galleries, located near world-class hotels and the city's financial district, this is a must-see for any visitor to Johannesburg.
The Apartheid Museum best reflects the sordid history of South Africa's apartheid days. Under the able guidance of Nelson Mandela, the country has strongly braved the rough weathers of racial discrimination, and this museum stands as a reminder of those horrifying stories and experiences. Photographs, film footage and artifacts displayed in the 22 exhibition areas will take one through an epic journey of a nation's struggle for the sake of humanity. So if you are in Johannesburg and you haven't been to this place, you are missing an opportunity to gain insight into events that are an integral part of South Africa's history.
Art On Main is an art gallery that displays a number of very interesting art pieces. The creative space does more than display artwork. Artists congregate to discuss and share ideas, opinions, and thoughts, while an outdoor cinema screens film and a rooftop bar let artists, as well as customers, relax over a drink. They also have a reading room, art supplies, and bookstore and even host music concerts. Do call ahead for more details about the artists and more.
Housed at the Juta Street, Stevenson Gallery is a popular art-space in Johannesburg. This art gallery is known for showcasing the artworks and paintings by several artists, local as well as international. Operating since 20008, this gallery has been a platform for upcoming artists and is known for housing artworks by famed artists like Glenn Ligon, Rineke Dijkstra and many others. The gallery is famous for being a venue for several art-fairs ever since its establishment and is truly an art and cultural hub of the town. This gallery invites all the art enthusiasts for visitation.
Housed in a 15-story building, the Neighbourgoods Market's structure impresses you with the mural artwork by Eduard Villa. Open every Saturday through the morning and afternoon, the Neighbourgoods Market is a nice place to spend a warm morning, whether you want to enjoy browsing through local artisan products, sample the various delicacies cooked up by local chefs or get fresh food fresh from the farmers' produce. Besides the fresh produce, the market comes alive during the various festivities like the We Love Real Craft Beer Festival, the Barrel and Vine Festival Festival and so on that happen throughout the year.
Wits Art Museum had humble beginnings as a collection meant as a teaching aid at the university. Generous patronage from Norman Herber allowed the enthusiastic faculty to acquire newer works. A major donation of classical African art in 1978 set things rolling, and today, the museum has one of the finest collections of African art in the country. From modern works to historical art from all over Africa, the collection is all-encompassing to say the least. The Standard Bank African Art Collection is the focal point of the museum. Other prominent exhibits include the Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection, The Sekoto Collection and The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. The modern, purpose-built museum building has state-of-the-art facilities to preserve the works. The on-site cafe offers a selection of snacks and light bites. Check website for more.
It is believed that our earliest ancestors lived in Africa over 200,000 years ago and as time passed, they migrated to the other continents like Asia, Europe, the Middle East and finally America. The Origins Centre is a world class facility which traces the evolution of man right through the ages. The exhibits will not fail to fascinate even the hardened believer. The center has five venues, which can be hired for private events and arrangements can also be made to include bands, dancers or other performing artists in a function. A visit to Johannesburg is not complete without a visit to the Origins Centre.
The Joburg Theatre Complex, also known as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, has four stages and three additional rooms. The Mandela Theatre has a maximum capacity of 1,069; the Fringe Theatre seats 252 people; the Peoples Theatre has a maximum seating of 176; while the other theater offers a changing space and seating. The two-level foyer is tastefully minimalistic. The Joburg Theatre stages a variety of performance arts: mainstream theater, pantomime and dance. The times differ depending on the show. Check out the website for timings and upcoming events.
Located at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, Museum Africa carries a variety of exhibits, most of which pertain to the rich history of Africa. Of special interest is the display of historic works of art, which will give you an insight into artists' impressions of the Anglo-Boer War. Geological specimens, paintings, prints, photographs and numerous objects from all corners of southern Africa are also on display. In order to fully appreciate the collection, it is best to allow at least a couple of hours for the visit.