These images show how Pretoria has changed over the last 70 years

Archived footage and modern technology combine to show you exactly how South Africa’s capital has changed over the past 70 years.

Pretoria is one of South Africa’s oldest cities serving as the executive branch of government. The city was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius, a leader of the Voortrekkers, who named it after his father.

The region became the administrative capital of the whole of South Africa, with Cape Town the legislative capital, which it kept after South Africa gained its independence in 1961.

The city has undergone many changes over the years, and remains one of South Africa’s largest cities – fourth behind Joburg, Cape Town and Durban – with a population of just over 2 million people.

We have previously looked at a few archived images of Pretoria, showing how the city looked in the 1900s onward, but by using Google Earth’s 3D mapping technology, we can replicate some of these old photos and how they would look in 2017, almost exactly.

For a look at how Cape Town has changed over the decades check out: These pictures show how Cape Town looked in the 1940s compared to today

For a look at how Joburg has changed over the decades, read: These pictures show what Joburg looked like in 1930

The pictures below were taken from various archives, and capture Pretoria from around 1940 and beyond. The modern re-creations taken from Google Earth.

The union buildings

Church Square in Pretoria

Pretoria city center

The old art building at the University of Pretoria

The Voortrekker Monument


Read: What R2 million buys you in these sought-after suburbs in Pretoria

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These images show how Pretoria has changed over the last 70 years