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Bo-Kaap
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The Cape Malays have preserved their cultural identity and Muslemic creed. The old Malay Quarter with its steep and narrow streets, the plain artisan houses, Mosques and Minaretts reaches from the Buitengracht street up to the Signal Hill. The houses were restored and colourfully painted. The architectural style is a synthesis of Cape Dutch and Edwardian.

Bo-Kaap Museum, Cape TownOne of the oldest buildings in Wale Street 71 houses the "Bo-Kaap Museum". It is furnished as a Muslim house of the19th century and documents the history of the Cape Malays. The museum is open from mondays to saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30. Tel 021-4243846.

Coon Carnival Cape TownEach year on the 2nd of January the Bo Kaap celebrates a big street party, the "Coon Carnival" in the centre of town. It was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, woman and children march from the Grand Parade to the Green Point stadium, singing and dancing. They are clad in colourful, shiny suits, white hats and carry a sun umbrella.

Top left: House in the Bo Kaap. Bottom left: Street Mosque in the Bo Kaap. Top right: Wale Street. Right centre: Bo Kaap Museum. Bottom right: Coon Carnival.
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