Thursday Doors – A visit to the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

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This is what Wikipedia says about the Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers (Dutch-speaking pioneers) who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854.

You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voortrekker_Monument

Voortrekker Monument
Close-up of the main door
Doorways at the top of the monument – climbing the stairs was a killer, if you visit, take the lift.

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55 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – A visit to the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria

  1. Wow! When I saw the title, I was expecting a plaque or a small statue. This is amazing. The main door and the doors at the top are the best (thanks for walking up). The works of art, especially the tapestries are also wonderful to look at. Is that Pretoria in the background i the last picture from the top? It looks like a fairly large city.

    I hope you have a great weekend, Robbie.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Yes, it is Pretoria in that picture. I have some better pictures of the city taken from the fort that I will share next week. I really like these doors posts, I am learning so much about all sorts of places. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I hope your weekend is also a good one.

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  2. Robbie – thank you for the links that gave me the full understanding of this time in history. There is so many stories that come alive with you enter these doors.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, I do know the stories of the Great Trek and reheard them when we visited Fugitive’s Drift Lodge in January this year. It was incredible to see this story coming alive through the frieze and the tapestries. So beautiful and such a labour of love.

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  3. I’m a big fan of the photo of the man standing at the other end as that shows great architectural angles.

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  4. What an extraordinary place, Robbie. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love that series of arched doorways. It makes me think of a mirror, then my imagination goes all sorts of places. Yes, I’m afraid I would definitely have to take the elevator. Yikes! 😀 I hope you’re having a great weekend. Hugs on the wing!

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  5. Hi R
    I will take the lift for sure if I ever visit here 🙂
    and the doors and entrance ways you grabbed really give us a feel for the place – such architecture and beauty

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      1. I can see that. It reminds me a a door I saw in Florence Italy that took the artist 50 years to carve. In today’s world we have no idea or appreciation of the time it takes to create art. We don’t have the patience. Can you imagine working on one thing your whole life? I can’t. 🙂 Again, thanks for sharing. I would never have seen this work of art otherwise. 🙂

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      2. Yes, and you have to fit everything you do into small pieces of time because you have so many irons in the fire. I can’t imagine how you have time to write and research a book like The Ghost and His Gold, be a mom, blog, and keep things together. It amazes me. Not only me, it will amaze you when you get older that you were able to accomplish so much. 🙂

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