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St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church

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.

Nelson Mandela National Museum

Commonly referred to as Mandela House, Nelson Mandela National Museum is an important national monument nestled in Johannesburg. This museum is housed at the prior residence of the legendary Nelson Mandela himself and takes you through the history of Africa. Operating since 1997, this museum showcases several artifacts of the former President of Africa. The museum tells you the life story of Nelson Mandela and his family and his struggle for the betterment of Africa. The museum was renovated for the convenience of the tourists in 2009 and has been listed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.

Zoo Lake

Probably the most frequented open-space area in the suburbs of Johannesburg, Zoo Lake has a restaurant, paddle-boat facilities as well as waterfowl in abundance. The restaurant is housed within buildings at the heart of the property and a bowling club lies to the right. Concerts are often hosted here and an annual, ‘Jazz at the Park' concert is becoming a recognized event. ‘Artists under the Sun' is a regular affair providing artists an opportunity to showcase their works by the lakeside. Weekends are always hectic and everyone and their dog seems to find some amusement there. No entrance fee. Dogs on leashes only. Plenty of parking.

Everard Read

Established way back in 1912, Everard Read boasts of being one of the oldest and largest art galleries in Johannesburg. Today with its stylish decor, myriad art works and collaborations, it stands as being the most famous commercial gallery and a prominent landmark. With a charming post-modern architecture, this place showcases the works of some very renowned and reputed artists of South Africa. Come here to view the beautiful sculptures, murals and paintings on display that will leave you in a state of awe. Events here include various exhibitions throughout the year. Thus, this place has art running in its veins.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Incorporating interactive learning methods to promote science and technology education, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a popular destination in the city. The large number of exhibits aim at improving public awareness to technological advancements and inventions. The center constitutes state-of-the-art classrooms, an auditorium and well-equipped laboratories. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre also regularly features a range of entertaining parties and events.

Wits Art Museum (WAM)

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.

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