Afrikaans Language Monument

Afrikaans Language Monument

Afrikaans Language Monument
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  • Chantelle
    Graaff-Reinet, South Africa36 contributions
    Beautiful setting
    Small area but really spectacular monument that blends in with the granite rocks of the mountain - The Afrikaans Taal Monument can be seen for kilometers on the hill outside Paarl. Allocate no more than 30 minutes to the visit. There is a coffee shop on the premises
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2023
  • 111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
    Bristol, United Kingdom7,257 contributions
    Impressive monument, status symbol and neat museum...
    Just a short winding drive out from Paarl itself, quickly gaining elevation and bountiful views at the top of the Paarl valley. Plenty of parking, small entrance fee for the site and a cafe. Very impressive statement, not just so Afrikaans but embracing everything and recognising all for what made Paarl. Grand structure, neat pathways to explore, gardens and birdlife- beautiful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 November 2023
  • GrahamR55
    London, United Kingdom85 contributions
    Peaceful monument
    Very peaceful monument and well worth the entrance fee of 40 rand. The gardens and site are well kept. It is worth doing a little homework beforehand to understand what the monument represents and is all about. There are brilliant views of the valley below.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
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GrahamR55
London, UK85 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very peaceful monument and well worth the entrance fee of 40 rand. The gardens and site are well kept. It is worth doing a little homework beforehand to understand what the monument represents and is all about. There are brilliant views of the valley below.
Written 22 November 2023
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK7,257 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Just a short winding drive out from Paarl itself, quickly gaining elevation and bountiful views at the top of the Paarl valley.
Plenty of parking, small entrance fee for the site and a cafe.
Very impressive statement, not just so Afrikaans but embracing everything and recognising all for what made Paarl. Grand structure, neat pathways to explore, gardens and birdlife- beautiful.
Written 13 November 2023
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,079 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you are in the area, worth popping up to see this - intriguing architecture and great views over the valley. But not worth a special detour.
Written 27 September 2023
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Metro M
London, UK25 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
As an Ex-Paarlite there is so little to actually say about this concrete monstrosity on top of a hill - as much as an eyesore as a badly managed monument to say the least.
Written 21 September 2023
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Mike_G6308
Cape Town, South Africa429 contributions
Sept 2022 • Business
Learn about the different languages and people that make up the Afrikaans language.The monument is easy to understand and guide leaflets are available at the information office. The museum in town is also worth a visit and interesting for kids.
Written 23 August 2023
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Chantelle
Graaff-Reinet, South Africa36 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Small area but really spectacular monument that blends in with the granite rocks of the mountain - The Afrikaans Taal Monument can be seen for kilometers on the hill outside Paarl.

Allocate no more than 30 minutes to the visit. There is a coffee shop on the premises
Written 9 April 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,730 contributions
Nov 2021
It turns out that this is such a South African "trick" - to erect monuments to languages. For example, the Dutch did not think of erecting a monument to their language. But there is one in South Africa, in Burgersdorp. However, the monument to the Dutch language was erected a century earlier as a symbol of the struggle for its equality with English in the Cape Colony. Afrikaans was immortalized during its power in 1975, when nothing seemed to be able to resist the power of the white minority. The monument in Paarl was erected on the 50th anniversary of the recognition of Afrikaans as an independent language. It's amazing knowing that they have 95% of the common vocabulary. Apparently everything is most important in those 5%? Even more surprising is that the monument was closed during the lockdown. It is located on a high hill, blown by all the winds. Did the insidious Covid-19 get here too? Or is it a psychosis of the authorities?
Written 30 October 2022
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Candice S
Paarl, South Africa4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Business
The WORST reception ever; was spoken to in a condescending tone with facial gestures to match upon arrival at the visitor center, before even setting foot on the grounds. Another employee told me after passing through the center that she felt awkward and uncomfortable about the way I was greeted. Such a beautiful monument and breathtaking views, yet the receptionist has tainted the memory.
Written 10 August 2022
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Eddie P
51 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
What a beautiful, clean and interesting picnic site. Even at 38degrees it had a cool breeze
Very pleasant surprise and will be back
Written 19 March 2022
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J S
Edingley, UK58 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were not expecting a lot from this monument as we approached but were very surprised at how good it is. The views are spectacular in all directions. The monument itself is interesting with water flowing at its base. Pleasant gardens with lots of shady spots to sit and enjoy the views. There is a cafe also. R40 entry fee.
Written 24 February 2020
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