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Grootfontein, Namibia

The Das Alte Fort Museum is situated in a prominent position atop a hill in Grootfontein. The ‘Old Fort’ was originally a Schutztruppe fortress built in 1896, while the tower was added in 1904. With its splendid view of the surrounding countryside, this tower was used to great advantage by the troops. The Fort, housing the museum, was declared a national monument in 1975.

In 1977 the building was renovated and in 1983 the museum was officially opened. More than 3,000 historical pieces, including a complete smithy which was used in the production of ox-wagons, are on display. There is also an interesting outdoor display of industrial items worth seeing.

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