A MyCapeTown selected video about Castle of Good Hope:
This video is an animation of the 3D Model of Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Castle of Good Hope is situated in Cape Town, South Africa. It was built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. The castle replaced a clay and timber fort that was built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 when he established the Cape as a maritime refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie). The castle was named Kasteel de Goede Hoop (Dutch for Castle of Good Hope) and was built to provide protection at the settlement against other European nations as well as some of the local people.
This fort, is one of seven sites (forts/castles) documented by the Zamani Project, which were used in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries.
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This 3D Model is produced by the Zamani Project (University of Cape Town) as part of the “African Cultural Heritage Sites and landscapes” documentation project. It is derived from high resolution terrestrial Laser-Scan data and represents the site as is with cm accuracy and without any augmentation.
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For more information, please look at ‘The African Cultural Heritage and Landscape Database’: www.zamaniproject.org
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