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Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria: 24 reviews and 39 photos
The Voortrekker Monument is very visible, as it is built on 'n "koppie" (hill). The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers (Pioneers) who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk. It is a large granite structure. The Cenotaph, situated in the centre of the Cenotaph Hall, is the central focus of the monument. Through an opening in this dome the sun shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December each year onto the middle of the Cenotaph and the words 'Ons vir Jou, Suid-Afrika' (Afrikaans for 'We for Thee, South Africa'). The ray of sunshine is said to symbolise God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekkers. December 16 was chosen as it was on this date in 1838 that the Battle of Blood River (against the Zulu) was fought. Some hate it, some love it, visit this historical monument to learn a lot of the Afrikaner history of the country.
The area was previously called Voortrekker Hoogte (Pioneer Heights), but after 1994 changed to Thaba Tshwane.
Address: Eeufees Road
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