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Voortrekker Monument & Heritage Site
Eeufeesweg | Groenkloof, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
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Ranked #3 of 47 attractions in Pretoria
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Owner description: The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.
Louis Trichardt
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“Attended a wedding there ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Nothign went wrong really, but the fact that people would take offence if one spoke English instead of Afrikaans at the function was a little unsettling ...

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“Back to the Past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Gives you a historic feeling and the architectural design is special. Makes one think a lot about our past.

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“Cathedral - like, now National owned monument to early white settlers.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Vast cathedral like memorial, which is now a national monument (under the control and management of government departments). It commemorates, and remembers the Voortrekker movement eastwards from the British held Cape Colony., and the subsequent troubles that befell them on this epic journey.
The stone frieze, and tapestry on the floor below, detail the search for new land, deals made and broken, treachery, and cold blooded murder; swiftly followed by resounding retribution at Blood River.
Regardless of your politics / views, this is a major site of remembrance, and a pivotal part of South African culture. it is also an immensely impressive monument, art deco stylistically, reflecting that turbulent period between the world wars.
It is a church like building (no altar) with special displays of the household goods, and particularly poignant, the meager children's toys. The basement displays, and accompanying explanations give meaning and gravitas to the monolithic memorial stone.
The Voortrekker Monument is without doubt, a sincere reminder of the hardship endured by those first migrants into what was a featureless, unpopulated void, (created by Shaka). But there are many unanswered questions since Blood River battles. Maybe now with new state ownership, other displays could materialize, not least of which would be the subsequent treatment of Boer War families, Boer slave ownership, and the complex often brutal treatment of other ethnic minorities, at the hands of British , Boer and other African tribes

Visited November 2012
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“Awe-inspiring glimpse of the Battle of Blood River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a must if you are visiting Pretoria. "Voortrekkers" is the name of the people who left the British province of the Cape in the late 1800's. The Monument was built in lieu of a promise made to God that they would build a house of God if He delivered them from an onslaught of 10 000 Zulu's. There was so much blood during the battle that it turned the river red - hence the name "Battle of Blood River". Murals depict this bloody battle as well as others during the period.

Visited October 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Voortrekker Monument is really worth visiting because it symbolizes a major part of SA's history. Allow time to study the interior in all details. Avoid going there on public holidays because it can get quite busy.

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