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Erected as a tribute to the pioneering men and women who undertook an epic journey to escape the clutches of British dominance in the 1830s, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria tells the story of their voyage proclaimed in history as the Great Trek. It symbolises the obstacles they were forced to overcome, including battles with indigenous tribes, and the eventual rise of the Afrikaner nation.
Prior to 1995, December 16th was a public holiday called the Day of the Vow (now known as the Day of Reconciliation). It was a day to celebrate a pact the Voortrekkers had with their God, with a promise to erect a church if they were saved from defeat by the Zulus at what is today known as the Battle of Blood River. This day was significant to the Voortrekkers and the architects of the monument created an oculus in the roof, angled at a position for the sunlight to shine... Show more