First Raadsaal

Contact Details
  • +27(0)514479609


First Raadsaal is the oldest remaining building in Bloemfontein, Free State. It was built by Major Henry Warden (the local British representative) in 1849, originally intended to be a school. However, when the region declared itself an independent republic in 1854, First Raadsaal was where the people council (Volksraad) held their meetings.

The modest building was constructed with dung floors and a thatched roof, and was the first school building north of the Orange River. It served as a church until 1852 when it was used by the Legislative Council of the Orange River Sovereignty, and then it was used as an assembly hall and offices. When the assembly hall was moved to larger premises in 1856, it was used as a school again until 1877.

The National Museum was founded in First Raadsaal and it was housed here until 1915. It was proclaimed a national monument in 1975. You will find the equestrian statue of General Christiaan De Wet here.



Nearby Attractions

If you've gotten this far, you've clearly enjoyed reading about First Raadsaal! Why not make a holiday of it and check out our list of accommodation near First Raadsaal?
Nearby Accommodation Click to show accommodation options close to First Raadsaal

You may also be interested in browsing our selection of accommodation in Oranjesig or reading about Oranjesig

Your browser is out of date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

0860 022 102 | [email protected]