The #noongun in #capetown is much more than just a big bang at noon... loads of #naval and #military #history here.
After the English occupation of the Cape in 1795, Dutch guns were taken and replaced by a bigger English cannon. Ever since 1806, a shot has been fired from the cannon at noon as a time signal. Today, the tradition is still held and the shot is loaded by the South African Navy and heard by residents daily. The noon day gun is Cape Town’s oldest lasting tradition and visitors are able to visit the site to watch the process of shooting the gun, learn about its history and gaze out at the views of the city.
👉 You can watch this daily ritual up on Signal Hill at Lion Battery, from 11:30. To get there; go up Military Street in the Bo-Kaap and look for the sign-post to the Noon Gun on Buitengracht Street. ————————————————————————
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