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Afrikaans Language Monument

Gabbema Doordrift Street | Paarl, Paarl 7646, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 9 attractions in Paarl
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
White Rock, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
91 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Paarl, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

An amazing monument in a scenic location up Paarl mountains, with stunning view. You can even watch table Mountain from there. Small restaurant where you can grab a bite and something cold to drink.

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Metro NYC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I didn't know what to expect with this monument and didn't understand its unusual design that I had seen in pictures. The pleasant experience started immediately, with a very friendly ticket seller who made us feel like we were being welcomed into his own home. I tried to speak Afrikaans to him and he was delighted. It turns out that... More

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Taalmonument, Owner at Afrikaans Language Monument, responded to this review

Dear Jenny, "baie dankie" for visiting us and for your positive review about the Afrikaans Language Monument and the Afrikaans language. Hope to see you again soon! #discoverPaarl Groete The Taalmonument Team More

Kenilworth, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Historical Heritage. lovely restuarant. staff very informative and friendly. stunning views. would have been nice if there were trails to do from the Monument.

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Taalmonument, Owner at Afrikaans Language Monument, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument. We do have a short 1.2km walking trail at the Taalmonument, suitable for everyone, as well as access to the walkings trails in Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve - permits and gate keys are available at our Visitor Centre. You are welcome to contact us for more information. More

Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
15 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This amazing monument is well worth a visit to enjoy the striking architecture in a fantastic location. The views across the plain to Table Mountain are breathtaking. One of the girls in the info centre acted as our guide & she was both charming & informative. We stayed for a drink & lunch at the small cafe & it was... More

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Paarl, South Africa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Apart from the actual monument celebrating the Afrikaans language which is set among stunning gardens with magnificent views over the valley and Du Toitskloof mountains and beautiful views of Table Mountain on the other side, the area is also a perfect spot for music concerts. The two concerts attended so far this year are Jimmy Dludlu in January at the... More

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Aussie on the road
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have to admit that when we got there and realized you had to pay to go we didn't bother. Figured we could read about it and saw enough from the outside. Driving up the highway thought it stands out.

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