South Africa's most beautiful library

Port Elizabeth's Public Library


A visit to the library isn't something on your average travellers bucket list. Well not on mine at least.

With just under 6 hours to explore Port Elizabeth's city by foot, I accidentally stumbled across the Public Library on market square by complete accident I was amazed at how appealing beautiful a library could look. It must have been the victorian styled architecture with its gothic flair that first drew me to it.

Declared as a National Monument in 1973, the Public Library first opened its doors in 1901. In front of the building you will find a Sicilian marble statue of Queen Victoria who looks over the market square. The intricate, decorative, terra-cotta façade of the building was manufactured in England.