| Rhodes Memorial,
opened in 1912 and designed in the classical style of Greece and Rome by Sir
Herbert Baker, was built of granite to remain unaffected by gales and rains.
It stands on the slopes of Table Mountain where Rhodes liked to
contemplate his vision for Africa. It is a large structure, characterised by
Doric columns and eight granite lions. At the foot of the 49 steps (one for
each year of his life) is a bronze statue of 'physical energy' by Watts. At the
top of the stairs is a bust of Rhodes with a dedication written by Rudyard
The overall effect is designed to portray a calm strength and power, and is
viewed as a statement about the imperial conquest of Africa.
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