Philippolis 1822

The first settlement in the Free State


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Attractions in area
Bookshops & Library
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Historical Buildings
& Artifacts
Picture gallery
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Library and Bookshops

Philippolis Library - renovated national monument


Fontein’s Secondhand Bookshop (also at Oom Japie se Huis)

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  • Cellphone 082 600 0020
  • Telephone 051 773 0050 Fax 052 773 0036

Laurens van der Post Memorial Centre

Labyrinth at Memorial
This centre is the first tourist attraction for tourists entering the town from the north. It commemorates this famous son of Philippolis, born in the Van der Post house, which is one of the town’s many national monuments, in Colin Fraser Street.The memorial gardens have been designed on the theme “A Journey Through Life” and a recent addition has been a stylised labyrinth and amphitheatre. The centre itself includes the writer’s study, which was moved from London to South Africa with its 1600 books, the writer’s desk and other furniture and photographs. The centre was opened in 1998, less than two years after the writer’s death, by Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The main building and some of the land was donated by members of the Philippolis community while sponsorship funding was contributed by Lucia van der Post, the writer’s daughter, and the Van der Post Memorial Trust. The centre includes a double-storey Artist’s Retreat, a self-catering guesthouse.


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