Voortrekker Monument North Roof

The great grey colossus of the massive Voortrekker Monument can be seen from all directions as you approach Pretoria. Built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854.

The Voortrekker Monument is the biggest monument in Africa, and is a nature reserve.

The Voortrekk Monument's dimentions are 40 meters wide, by 40 meters wide, by 40 meters high. A Cube.

The cornerstone was laid by Mrs. J.C. Muller (granddaughter of Andries Pretorius), Mrs. K.F. Ackerman (great granddaugther of Hendrik Potgieter), and Mrs. J.C. Preller (great granddaughter of Piet Retief) on 16 December 1938. Eleven years later the Monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949.

The total cost for the construction of the Monument came to £359,600, of which the state contributed the most.

Additional funds were obtained through donations, special stamp sales, commemorative envelopes, souvenirs and publications.

This image was taken on the north east side of the roof, 60 meters above the ground. Camera was mounted on a 4.5 meter high pole.

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Uploaded: 29/12/2008
Updated: 03/07/2014


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