Matobo’s Rhodes Stables gutted by fire

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The Rhodes Stables, a National Monument and one of the oldest buildings in Zimbabwe, was burnt down on May 31st, 2020, the Matobo Conservation Society announced.

“We held our AGM there in 2014. A very sad loss to our National Heritage,” expressed the Society on their official Facebook page.

According to the Chronicle, property worth US$25 000 was destroyed in the fire where the police are yet to establish the cause.

Source – Matobo Conservation Society

The Rhodes Stables is located in Matobo National Park about 35 km south of Bulawayo and was built in 1897.

The monument was once used as a library by the Department of National Museums and Monuments where archived literature was kept.

Before being gutted. Source – Matobo Conservation Society
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