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  The Voortrekker Monument
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Massive, unmoveable, brutal ( it should come as no surprise to learn that the building was commissioned in 1938, so much is it in the mould of many European buildings of the time in countries with a similar ethos and attitudes) the Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria dominates the surrounding landscape. Built to commemerate the Great Trek of 1830 that saw Boer settlers leave the Cape region and make the long and difficult journey inland to found their own settlements based on their ideas and beliefs rather than those of the English who controlled the Cape Colony, it stand stern and fortress-like, saying to the world " we will not be moved" .
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the years that followed, the monument stands as an impressive memorial to the strength of will and fortitude of those pioneers. It is an undeniable part of South Africa's history and for that is worth a visit.

Directions: Monument Hill, outside Pretoria. You cannot miss it coming from Johennesburg.
Website: http://www.ibiblio.org/istudio/03pretoria/research/THE_VOORTEKKER.htm

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2007
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