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Da Gama Clock, Durban

Da Gama Clock - Durban, South Africa
Da Gama Clock
Aliwal Street & Victoria Embankment, Durban, South Africa 4001Map
+27 31 304 4934
Neighborhood: City Centre
Overview

A gift from the Portuguese government installed on the Victoria Embankment in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of explorer Vasco Da Gama's first sighting and visit to Durban, which was then called the Natal coast, the Da Gama clock is in somewhat of a state of disrepair these days, but still a striking sight, nonetheless. Crafted from colorful and impressively intricate ironwork, this bell-shaped clock is a popular Durban attraction and one of the city's most historical. As well, its location along the popular and thoroughly modern Victoria Embankment, also called the Esplanade, make it a great addition to an afternoon stroll. In 1969 a new stone plaque that commemorates the 500th anniversary of Da Gama's birth was unveiled by the Portuguese ambassador.

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