An imposing granite structure near Pretoria, Voortrekker Monument remains dedicated to the Dutch settlers of the Eastern Cape, whose emigration farther inland became known as the "Great Trek." Finished in 1949, the massive monument was designed by local architect Gerard Moerdijk, while its cornerstone was laid by descendants of Boers who led the migration. Admire the 40 m (130 ft) tall structure, adorned with statues of the Voortrekker leaders, or step inside to view a tapestry with several million stitches, relics from the trek, and the ornately decorated marble frieze. Plan my trip to Pretoria with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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Voortrekker Monument Reviews
A stunning frieze of an extraordinary piece of history in South Africa but you need a very well informed guide to get the most of it. We did. Called Lucky. We were. more »
A really good and interesting memorial to the early pioneers of South African history. The building itself is rather austere from the outside but the story of the Boer settlers is brilliantly... more »
An Impressive monument built on a hill overlooking Pretoria. The wall surrounding the monument is depicted as a pioneers' wagon train. To the sides of the building are stone carved figures of four of the main trekkers. Inside on the ground floor are marble relief sculptures re-telling the story of the epic trek. The lower ground floor has a memorial which can be viewed from the ground floor. Take the lift to the roof area & there are superb views to Pretoria. You can also peer down inside to the floors below if you have a head for heights.
Always amazing to visit, rich in history and heritage. I would also encourage you to take the time to walk around the monument and visit some of the other place like the song gardens, gallery and horses.
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