Afrikaans Language Monument – South Africa

This monument is strategically situated on the hill and due to this; it is popular for its mostbreathtaking views of the Paarl, Western Cape Province in South Africa. It was opened officially in October 10th 1975 to celebrate the semi centenary of Afrikaans as it was declared as an official language in South Africa besides Dutch. It was also built on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners in Paarl, the organization which assisted to strengthen Afrikaner’s identity and pride in their language. This monument was designed by Jan Van Wijk and it is constructed on the southern slopes of the Paarl Rock mountain range and overviews the farmlands of Stellenbosch and Paarl. It can be sighted along the hillside as you reach the Paarl on the N1 highway. To get to this remarkable historical site, you will turn into Paarl and take the first road to the left off the main road and then you take the path as it winds its way up the hill to reach this site.

When you get into the monument, you will climb a few stairs and on the left side at ‘A’, there are three columns that denote the western European languages and cultures. The columns range from 14 meters high and looks like granite but just features cement and granite. In front of it, there is a pathway approximately three meters wide with a wall in all sides. The walls slope upward and makes a base of a 57 meters column D. At approximately ten meters down the route as the walls slope upwards a roof is constructed above the route and this is popular as the bridge. The roof slopes C, upwards and narrows to the width of the column on the top. This part represents the origin and development of Afrikaans and where the roof starts, the route takes you into passage off beneath a roof and curves in the right. At the baseline, it is hollow and stands in water is a fountain bubbling up via a granite dome. The column features a huge hole on top to allow some light in. A head of it, there is a pool and fountain which is circular a few meters high.

This monument comprises of several tapering structures that come in form of convex and concave format and they symbolize impact of various languages and cultures on Afrikaans. The Afrikaans is a language which links the Western Europe and Africa. It makes up the bridge between the huge, shining West and magical Africa. This monument comes with dramatic views of the surrounding areas including the Table Mountain. Most importantly, this language is even spoken making it a few rare languages on earth. However, from 1994 following the downfall of apartheid Afrikaans though still an official language has unfortunately lost its significance. About 11 official languages do exist in this nation today including English which is its majorly used language.
Conclusively, if you are planning to visit South Africa, this is one of a few most unique historical sites that you shouldn’t miss to explore.