President of the former Afrikaner Republic of the Transvaal, Paul Kruger’s bronze statue was sculpted by artist Anton Van Wouw in 1896. Wouw was commissioned by wealthy industrialist, Sammy Marks. The statue was finally installed at Church Square after it had been previously installed at Prince’s Park and later moved to the Pretoria Station. It was unveiled by then Prime Minister, Dr DF Malan on 11 October 1954.
The square was initially used as a market place and sports field. In 1855, the city’s first church was built on the site. Today the square attracts scores of tourists from all over the world. it is surrounded by historical buildings that boast beautiful architecture with the statue positioned as a central feature.
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