One of the main bussiness streets, still today, Maitland Street in Bloemfontein, c1910s. Source: Franco Frescura collection.

Bloemfontein is the capital of the Free State Province, previously known as the Orange Free State. The city is known as the 'City of Roses', or Manguang, 'the place of cheetahs' and the landscape is predominantly dry grassland. Bloemfontein is currently the judicial capital of South Africa, and the seat of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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