Vasco da Gama Memorial is near to The Riverside Hotel in Durban
9 Jun 2018
Vasco da Gama Memorial is close to The Riverside Hotel in Durban
The Vasco Gama Memorial stands in the heart of Margret Mncandi Avenue (formerly known as the Victoria Embankment).
This ironwork monument was presented by the Portuguese government to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s first sighting of the land he named Natal, on Christmas Eve 1497 and was erected by the Burgesses of Durban.
In 1897 the clock originally stood in Point Road (now known as Mahatma Ghandi Drive) before being erected in its current location in 1969 and unveiled on the 19th of August by his Excellency the Portuguese Ambassador assisted by the Consul of Portugal.
This regal Victorian baroque design is definitely worthy of admiration. It resembles a small wedding chapel with its cast iron, dome-shaped intricate design. The drinking fountain is seated on a two tier octagonal plinth and its canopy is supported by eight columns each adorned with a griffin, known to be symbolic of guardians.
The arches are decorated with rope detail. Each lunette contains a shield as a memoir – the city of Durban seal, a crane and a stylized 1897. Owls are represented on the interior terminals representing the guardians of the afterlife. The ribbed dome is surmounted by four clocks facing north, east, south and west.
The font displays a quatrefoil basin and is supported by a wide base with four lion jambs, which are also acknowledged as guardians. Four tendrils project from the column suspending chained drinking cups and the capital supports a statue of Samson in the process of breaking the ropes that bound him.
The memorial was designed and created by Walter McFarlane & Co at their Foundry in Glasgow. In 2010 the clock was dismantled and reassembled and the entire memorial was restored to its former glory in preparation for the World Cup.
The memorial is protected under the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Act as a public memorial.
The Riverside Hotel Complex
The Riverside Hotel is a full service hotel in Durban North that provides accommodation for families with family rooms as well as for the individual on a business trip.Facilities available at the hotel include, a 24 hour reception, currency exchange, Conference facilities at The Riverside Conference Centre, room service, laundry, gym, baby-sitting facilities, shuttle quest , tour’s and much, much more.The Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel ensuring Durban conference delegates staying at the hotel have easy access to their rooms should they so require.For day delegates there is plenty of secure parking within the hotel grounds and with the hotel being so centrally located it allows for easy access no matter where the delegates are travelling from.Restaurants available at the hotel include The Riverside Cafe and The Hops Sports Bar where there are daily activities and specials.The Riverside Café is a restaurant situated inside The Riverside Hotel.This tropical-like restaurant and bar has something to offer everyone and makes for a terrific escape from the normal city life.The Riverside Cafe has a daily Happy Hour and a Sunday plated roast buffet.Hops Riverside is the premier venue of choice in Durban. Situated adjacent to the Riverside Hotel.The venue caters for most sporting events on the big screen.The emphasis on the entertainment is to create and sustain a wide variety of events ranging from local bands to comedians dancing classes in Salsa and quiz evenings.For those who enjoy a more quiet time why not pamper yourself at The Riverside Day Spa that is open seven days a week.With a selection of spa packages, for both individual and group treatments.The Spa features six spacious, luxury treatment rooms and offer specialised nail, skin and body treatments, as well as extended day packages and corporate packages.This is truly the ultimate way to spoil yourself whether it's been a long day or just a quick stop by to relax a bit.Have a make over with Martin Pearman Hair - Creative Salon.Is a progressive hair design and care solutions studio.That provides cutting edge with latest trends and product technologies.We use our knowledge to create the unique style that is right for the unique individual you are.There is no shortage of things to do during your stay at The Riverside Hotel. You can take a stroll along the golden mile visit uShaka Marine World, the enormous Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umgeni Bird Park, play a round at the Windsor Golf Course, or catch a game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it situated within a few minutes travel from The Riverside Hotel. See a full list of activities and attractions close to the hotel.Discover how amazing your stay can be by visiting The Riverside Hotel, we are only 5 minutes away from Durban CBD, 15 Minutes away from Umhlanga central business district and 28 Minutes away from King Shaka International Airport.