"The Voortrekker Monument - Pretoria" South Africa Things to Do Tip by cokes

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  The Voortrekker Monument
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The Voortrekkers played an important part in Pretoria's past. The capital of the Boer republic in Transvaal was named after Andries Pretorius, the victorious leader of the Boers in the war against the Zulus. The founders of the former South African Republic were honoured by a colossal monument situated on Monument Hill, which is supposed to be a reminder of the courage, determination and persistence of the Voortrekkers.

The Voortrekker Monument, which does not appear very attractive to tourists, is a national icon for Afrikaans South Africans. Particularly on December 16, the anniversary of the battle at the Blood River, Afrikaners from all over the country stream to the Voortrekker Monument to commemorate the - in their view - most important event in the history of South Africa. The Building is constructed in such a way that just on that day at 12 noon a ray of sunlight falls onto the Shrine of Honour in the Heroes? Hall. It bears the inscription: "Ons vir jou, Zuid Afrika!" (We for you, South Africa!).

Directions: Eeufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng
othercontact: marketing@voortrekkermon.org.za
Phone: +27 12 326 6770
Website: http://www.voortrekkermon.org.za/

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  • Written Apr 27, 2005
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