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Shoe House, Mpumalanga, South Africa

The South African Shoe house is one of many shoe-shaped houses in the world and was built in 1990 by entrepreneur and artist Ron Van Zyl. The Shoe is situated on the Panorama Route, on the border of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, 20 km from Ohrigstad. Ron Van Zyl is a South African artist and hotelier who initially constructed it for his beloved wife Yvonne who wanted a shoe, and so this landmark was built here. It's a three-storey building in front of which is a nice garden. Now the Shoe is a Museum and a part of bigger project which includes a camp site and a chalet guest house, restaurant, bar, pool and curio shop. The interior of a museum is full of rock and wood carvings made by Ron Van Zyl himself. From the Shoe is the entrance to the Alfa Omega Cave. This Cave came into existence because of a vision Ron van Zyl had many years ago and was built according to the vision. Tourists or Guests that come to visit the Shoe and the Cave are guided through seven underground rooms in which the Spirit World is depicted. The 7th room is a small Chapel where weddings can be held. So if you want to marry and have an extraordinary and exotic honeymoon in South Africa, visit Mr. Ron and his Shoe-house in Mpumalanga.

By Lilit Khalatyan, www.building.am