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“SciFest 2012” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 1820 Settlers National Monument

1820 Settlers National Monument
Grahamstown, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Grahamstown
Type: Educational Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Owner description: This memorial on Gunfire Hill is dominated by the stunning Settlers Garden.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“SciFest 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

A broad range of the engineering & science potential in South Africa. Combined with 70,000 students - fantastic.

Visited March 2012
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English first
surrey, england
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“it's ugly but functional - better that than pretty and of no use”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

on a hill overlooking this university town, the monument is principally a series of lecture theatres, stages and meeting rooms. it's surrounded by a garden and offers views to the distant hills.
the idea was that of prof guy butler, legendary professor of english who massively expanded his section of the university's offering and founded the literary festival that fills the town during the winter vacation. the solar calendar in the gardens is interesting and justifies the time it will take to decipher and understand but it's the main concrete building that is the rationale and certainly a better monument to the settlers who were the first influx of europeans in this region than some sterile piece of artwork or museum with display cabinets. this is alive with those attending events and university students during semesters. a living, breathing monument. the façade is said to mimic scaffolding, to emphasise that the whole centre is a work in progress, something that keeps changing and growing. esoteric thought maybe, but accurately reflecting the purpose of the whole monument.

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“practical rather than aesthetic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

Not sure why someone decided to build such a huge and forbidding building ontop of the mounain and away from town. It has very serviceable theatres and exhibition spaces, only a very basic cafe, very efficient staff.

Visited October 2011
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“Do not miss the Stone blocks laid out as a Solar calender!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011 via mobile

LOVELY VIEWS OVERLOOKING GRAHAMSTOWN. A must see place. Do read the explanation of the large stone blocks in the front garden. They form a solar calender! Entry is free.

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