Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap is a neighbourhood filled with rich history and culture, but recently also controversy as residents fight against gentrification and price hikes. Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap has been home to the city’s Muslim population since the eighteenth century. The buildings are only one of the things that make the Bo-Kaap unique, with its vibrancy and colours often the subject of photographs and movie sets.
Houses are a melting pot of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles combined with an Islamic influence.
Why are the buildings so colourful?
The reasons are unclear, but it is believed that Bo-Kaap residents decorated their homes with bright colours when they bought them as an expression of individualism. Also, after Apartheid ended, residents painted their houses as a celebration of their freedom.