2012 08 01 Afrikaans Taal Monument by kwiksilver

2012 08 01 Afrikaans Taal Monument

We had to go to the Department of Home Affairs in Paarl today and took some time to visit the Taalmonument (the Afrikaans Language Monument) overlooking this Boland town.

The monument was designed by architect Jan van Wijk and represents the growth and development of Afrikaans and gives recognition to the language’s roots that are spread over three continents – Africa, Europe and Asia. Unveiled on 10 October 1975, inspiration for the monument came from the site with its granite boulders as well as the words of two prominent Afrikaans writers, CJ Langenhoven and NP van Wyk Louw.

The soaring 57m column symbolises the Afrikaans language and the column on the right the Republic of South Africa.

For more on the symbolism of the monument as well as physical dimensions, see http://web.archive.org/web/20030302112958/http://www.museums.org.za/TaalMon/English.htm

Very elegant monument.
August 2nd, 2012  
Such a beautiful shot! Love the simple lines. Feels very minimalist.
August 2nd, 2012  
This is a beautiful photo Gillian, makes me proud to be Afrikaans
August 2nd, 2012  
@humphreyhippo Thanks for the FAV, HH!!
August 2nd, 2012  
@kwiksilver It's gorgeous. :)
August 2nd, 2012  
Awesome picture! Fav!
August 2nd, 2012  
duimpie op vir my taal!
August 2nd, 2012  
@paulavdmerwe Thanks for the FAV, Paula!!
August 2nd, 2012  
Thanks for sharing so much info about this. It really is fascinating. Before reading I thought it looked like a city scene from something like star trek.
August 2nd, 2012  
An amazing photograph
August 2nd, 2012  
@mcdermgl Thanks, McD. I wasn't sure whether to add the info but thought ... wth, they don't have to read it :) I took so many pics it was difficult to decide which to post!
August 2nd, 2012  
@snowy Thanks, Diana.
August 2nd, 2012  
@humphreyhippo I am honoured beyond belief - and words - by you adding my pic as your fav of the week! Thank you!
August 3rd, 2012  
@kwiksilver I did tell you it was gorgeous. ;)
August 3rd, 2012  
Lin
Wonderful light and angle for this. Hard to put the mixed feelings aside, but just for a moment, your picture made me simply enjoy the aesthetics!
August 6th, 2012  
I love the silhouette this makes.. great photo :)
August 6th, 2012  
Somehow I missed this one! The lighting is stunning. I'm glad Humphrey Hippo posted the link!
December 31st, 2012  
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