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7 Most Amazing Monuments and Statues in South Africa

If you are looking to explore both the history and artistry of South Africa, you will find that it offers plenty of both in the form of numerous monuments and statues.

You will find many of them in Cape Town, so that is a great starting point on your monument tour. But your journey will also take you to Howick, Pretoria, Franschhoek, and Paarl.

Let’s check out 7 of the most amazing monuments and statues to add to your itinerary!

7. Mandela Capture Site Sculpture, Howick

August 5 , 1962 was a dark day for human rights—the day that Nelson Mandela was captured by police. He would spend the next 27 years of
his life in prison before finally being released in 1990 so that he could end apartheid in South Africa.

For decades, the site where Mandela was arrested was nothing more than a little bricked-in spot with a modest plaque. But in 2012, artist Marco Cianfanelli and architect Jeremy Rose unveiled an extraordinary, unusual sculpture comprised of 50 steel poles of different heights.

Up close, these poles look like nothing more than random steel stakes driven into the ground, but at a distance of approximately 35 meters, they
form a portrait of the great man

6. Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria

This huge granite structure is perched on a hilltop and was designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. It recognizes the Voortrekkers, who departed from Cape Colony in the mid-19 century. Measuring 40 x 40 x 40 metres, the monument integrates German, French, and African architectural elements.

One of the most noteworthy features is the Centopath. Every year on December 16 at twelve o’clock precisely, a ray of sunlight pours down through an opening in the dome to highlight the words “Ons vir Jou, Suid-Afrika,” which translates to “We for Thee, South Africa,” on the Centopath.

While visiting the monument, also be sure to check out the marble historical frieze, which is among the largest in the world. 27 bas-relief panels tell the story of the Great Trek.


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