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Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria (South Africa)

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Part of the world: Africa
Country: South Africa (see more Museum in South Africa)
City: Pretoria (see more Museum in Pretoria)
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The Voortrekker Monument (in Afrikaans, the Voortrekker Monument) is located in the South African city of Pretoria. This massive granite structure, built to honor the pioneers (Voortrekkers) left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk. It can be seen from most of the city as it lies on top of a hill. The idea of building a monument in honor of the Voortrekkers was conceived on December 16, 1888 when President of the Republic of South Africa, Paul Kruger, attended the 50th anniversary of the bloody battle of the river. However, the idea was on hold until in 1931 the commission of monuments of the peoples of the center (sentrale Volksmonumentekomitee - SVK) launched the project. Construction began on July 13, 1937 on Monument Hill. On December 16, 1938 the stones that form the corners of the monument were placed by the descendants of some leaders voortrekkers: JC Muller (granddaughter of Andries Pretorius), K.F. Ackerman (great-granddaughter of Hendrik Potgieter) and J.C. Preller (great-granddaughter of Piet Retief).
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