A Unique Monument

The Voortrekker Monument in South Africa is a unique building that was built as a reminder of the experiences of the early voortrekkers (pioneers) who left the safety of the Cape colony for the unknown lands of the interior between 1835 and 1854.

The Voortrekker Monument. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The Voortrekker Monument. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Looking like a huge cube, this monument is 40 meters high with a base that is 40m x 40m. It does not look like a regular square though, as pictures have been carved into the stone and statues adorn each corner.

A statue on a corner of the monument. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A statue on a corner of the monument. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Another unique feature of this monument is the historical frieze that adorns the four walls – a frieze that is made entirely in marble.

The Voortrekkers preparing to leave the Cape colony. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The Voortrekkers preparing to leave the Cape colony. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

To see more photos of this monument, you are welcome to visit a previous post: The Voortrekker Monument.

What unique buildings have you seen?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: unique)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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