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Afrikaans Language Monument

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Address: Gabbema Doordrift Street | Paarl, Paarl 7646, South Africa
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An historical must...

If you have any interest in the historical development of South Africa and in particular Afrikaans then a visit is a must alongside the museum in Paarl (you get a reduction on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Richard B
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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dutch, Flemish, German, French, Sotho, Zulu, Malay? Your language played a part in the creation of one of the worlds youngest and liveliest languages. This monument outside of Paarl commemorates the rise of the language from a lowly "kitchen", slave and Boer language to a fully fledged language for poets and writers, swooners and crooners, lovers, and haters, angry and... More 

Thank Sam d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a site to behold, The ONLY Monument for a language in the WHOLE World set against Paarl Rock, an indigenious bulbous black rock; one of the most interesting Mountains you will find in South Africa

Thank Sonja-Liezel Theron
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful design that is a must visit for architecture tours, it boasts stunning views over the Paarl.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have any interest in the historical development of South Africa and in particular Afrikaans then a visit is a must alongside the museum in Paarl (you get a reduction on the entry if you visit both!)

Thank Richard B
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As visitors from England we learned a lot about the heritage of the Afrikaans people. The monument is huge and impressive and the views from the hilltop amazing - we could even see Table Mountain in the distance.

Thank Rosemaryat9
Magaliesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At first I didn't understand why they had to design something for the Afrikaans language and I guess it is dying out ? Not to sure ... but the monument is incredible and the architecture was done by Jan van wijk , same name as my dad , wich for me made it more incredible , lots of beautiful indigenous... More 

Thank hekpoortheksie
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the valley this monument looks nothing spectacular but once you get to the top of the hill you see that this is an enormous beautiful construction. I'm not sure I really 'got' the individual components but fully understood the concept and really enjoyed the flow and design of the monument. It is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens which add... More 

Thank JaCob5
Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Opened in 1975 this monument commemorates the semicentenary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa, separate from Dutch. If you are in the area its interesting to visit and the views are good but if you are not South Africa in my opinion it doesn't really merit a special trip.

Thank Ashsaw
Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

One of my favourite places which consistently offers great local entertainment where you get to watch the sunset reflected on the Drakenstein Mountains and then see the huge fulmoon rising (look out for these regular summer events - booking essential as it is very popular with the locals!) - beatiful gardens too in which one can relax and just enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Attractive. What was once seen as modern sculpture. It looks like it was made in 1935, not 1975. The obscure symbolism can be ignored, It was closely associated with apartheid and white Afrikaner culture, so it has a controversial love/hate history. There is a good little gift shop, and food. The views are outstanding. Visited October 2011.

Thank Shadow010

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