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The Kruithuis (Arsenal)

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The Kruithuis with its barrel vault was built as arsenal for the Council of Policy by the mason Michael Rambusch in 1777.
It is the only monument in Stellenbosch bearing the monogram of The Dutch East India Company: VGOC (Vereenighde Geoctroijeerde Oostindische Compagnie), reminding
"us of the long uninterrupted period of 116 years during which Stellenbosch fell under the control of the Chartered East India Company. For years after it had stopped fulfilling its original function, the Kruithuis was used as a market building. It is said that even slaves were sold by auction here."
Ters van Huyssteen, Footloose in Stellenbosch

It is now a museum.
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