Saturday, May 22, 2010

In honour of a great pilgrimage II

a view of the monument from the parking lot, seen through a mass
of the inidigenous Bauhinia shrubs which were in flower.

This is part II of my visit to the Voortrkker Monument 
(click to view post I). 
This monument commemorates the pioneers who travelled from the coastal
areas inlands between 1835 and 1855 - this trip was called "The GreatTrek".
During this time approximately 15,000 pioneers moved inlands to
 establish the provinces of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, effectively
 the start of  South Africa as it was to become.
Images clockwise from top left:        
Monumnet from the parking lot; a view over part of Pretoria; internal architecture;
Woman and Children statue by  Anton van Wouw; a view of the monument from
 entrance as you approach;  the numerous arches and circles.
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Copyright 2010 Gena D Images for thinking aloud
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joanny said...

Stunning photography! I can see why it was coined "The Great Trek".


Vicki said...

Greats photos. I like the lay out as well.

OneStonedCrow said...

Gee ... these images bring back memories - I recall how overawed I was when I visited the Monument as a small child ...

Dave said...

amazing pattern and architecture. thanks for you encouraging comments.

Joyful said...

Very interesting history. I love the architecture. Thanks for sharing.

Kala said...

Fabulous collage Gena!

Firefly said...

Awesome pictures of the Voortrekker Monument. I'm going to be in Jhb this weekend and is flying out at lunch time on Monday. I wonder what the chances are of me trying to sqeeze in a visit to the monument on Monday morning

Jiggy said...

Nice angles Gina, great building and I must confess, I've never seen it from these view point before.

Anonymous said...

Gina, Donovan is right: we must get together! I can tell about 1) my god-grandfather designed the monument; 2) as a very liberal Afrikaner I came to despise it in the 70s to 90s; 3) In the 2000s a French friend insisted on visiting - and I rediscovered the intense spirituality of the place... HUMBLING!

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