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Afrikaans Language Monument

The undulating spires of the abstract Afrikaans Language Monument jut up from the vineyard surroundings of the Paarl Valley to commemorate the language. Also called the Taal (language in Afrikaans) Monument, the impressive granitic structure designed by architect Jan van Wijk, is full of symbolism, its various arcs, mounds, podiums, pools and stairs represent the rise of the 300-year-old language and its many influences and impacts on South African culture.

The onsite two-floor museum, the former home of Gideon Malherbe, one of the founders of die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA, Association of True Afrikaners), has exhibits on the language and the cultural identity around it. The lower floor is decorated as the dwelling may have looked in 1875 with eccentric patterned wallpaper and original furnishings.

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