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Afrikaans Language Monument

Gabbema Doordrift Street | Paarl, Paarl 7646, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Paarl
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Paarl, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What a well kept monument and surrounds. Information is readily available and it is a very pleasant location to relax apart from learning about the history of the monument. Very child friendly with friendly staff.

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Cape Town, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Good historical overview of the past of South Africa. Proof that we as a country has come a long way

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Cape Town
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The monument is more interesting for Afrikaans South Africans than foreigners. The views are well worth the stop tough! Entrance fee is R20 and there is a good coffee shop. Best to visit with a guide that will give you a brief overview and show you the view...

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

While in the region in April we took our daughter to see the monument for the first time. The first time I was there as a child I did not notice all the symbolic meanings of the monument but found this time around a wealth of information which I really appreciated. Beautiful architecture that was planned and build to perfection.... More

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Strand, South Africa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Being located at remote place, Once you reach there you will forget all the other things. This place is very beautiful with nice viewpoints. If one plans to visit Franshoek, can plan to visit this place.

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114 reviews 114 reviews
53 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Quite an interesting monument devoted to the development and existence of the Afrikaans Language. Guided Tours are available (recommended for foreign travelers). The beautiful indigenous garden makes for relaxing walks and picnic. Don't forget the views over the Paarl valley. Best to visit on a clear day

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White Rock, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Learning about the roots of the Afrikaans language was very interesting. Besides the monument there is an excellent exhibit that chronicles the development of the language in South Africa. A country with 11 official languages, it is quite staggering to us in North America. If you have the time traveling through our near Paarl is is well worth a stop.... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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112 reviews 112 reviews
99 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This monument may look like an odd obelisk but it is worth the visit to anyone interested in knowing how the youngest language in the world came about. The structure itself represents the evolution of Afrikaans from Dutch and it also represents the people who battled getting it recongnized as an official language. The gardens are as much worthy of... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited the monument on an overcast day, so we didn't get the full effect. The elements of the monument represent different things and I wish we could have spent more time getting a more thorough understanding. Unfortunately, we were on a tour and were kind of rushed through. I would have spent more time if I had the chance.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was nice to visit, however it does leave a little to be desired as far as the history is concerned. The monument is well conceived, and if you take the guided tour, you find out what all the parts of the monument mean. Without this tour, I don't think you will get much out of the monument.

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