Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Noon Gun


S 33 54.906 E 018 24.696

Closer to the base of the hill, bordering Bo-Kaap, is the Noon Gun, a cannon fired by the South African Navy at noon every day save Sunday. The cannons at the Lion Battery were originally used both to announce the arrival of incoming ships and to set time for residents and passing ships. The most direct access to the Noon Gun is via the extremely steep Longmarket Street, where you can park and take the short walk to the noon gun. You can also drive directly to the site via Military Rd.

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