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Built in tribute to the French Huguenots who arrived from France in the 17th century, the Huguenot Memorial Monument in Franschhoek in the Western Cape Province stands at the end of the town, a reminder of the major contribution made by these persecuted men and women.
It was in 1685 that the Dutch Governor Simon van der Stel agreed to accept 176 Huguenot refugees fleeing from religious persecution in France. Being a vintner himself, van der Stel recognised that the French could assist in improving the wine industry in South Africa and allocated land to them in a valley which he called Franschhoek (French Corner). The Huguenots cleared the land, planted vines and the result is a flourishing wine industry in this region.
The Huguenot Memorial Monument was built to commemorate the 250 years of the Huguenot’s arrival and is surrounded by beautiful gardens, an excellent place to reflect and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The monument... Show more