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 in Durban 4 star AccommodationThe 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 Business Conference Centre, room service, laundry, mini gym, baby-sitting facilities, shuttle quest, tour’s and much, much more.Restaurants available at the hotel include The Riverside Grill and The Hops Sports Bar where there are daily activities and specials.Riverside CafeThe Riverside Grill 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 Grill has a daily Happy Hour and a Sunday plated roast buffet.The Hops Sports Bar at Riverside HotelHops 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.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.The Riverside Hotel Durban Pool areaThere 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.