The Voortrekker Monument is a monument situated in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure was built to honour the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854. It was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk.
The monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949, the anniversary of the “Battle of Blood River“, and was designed so that the noon sun on that day would cast a ray of light onto the “Shrine of Honour”. The day is now a public holiday named “Day of Reconciliation”, to represent the hope for reconciliation between different racial groups after the end of Apartheid.
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