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Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city with 5.3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area (2008), and is geographically located in the northeastern part of the country.The city lies on a plateau 1,750 meters above sea level, and is the capital of the province of Gauteng.
Johannesburg is an important crossroads, and has Africa’s largest airport. The center is characterized by skyscrapers and shopping malls, and the city’s most famous landmarks is the Hillbrow Tower – one of the tallest buildings in Africa (270 meters), Sentech Tower – which measures 240 meters above the ground, and the Nelson Mandela Bridge, which is 240 meters long – and one of the largest in South Africa .
Other attractions in Johannesburg are: Apartment Home Museum, Gold Reef City (theme park with shops, restaurants, casino, cinema, rides and a mini-zoo), Lions Park and the Johannesburg Art Gallery – Africa’s largest art gallery.
In the suburb of Soweto is the museum “Nelson Mandela Museum” which is also a major tourist attraction.
Johannesburg is the official host city for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The airport OR International Airport is located 22 km northeast of the city.