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Afrikaans Language Monument

The Afrikaans Language Monument was unveiled on 10 October 1975. It was designed by architect Jan van Wijk who was inspired by the environment with its round granite rocks and the words of two prominent Afrikaans authors, NP van Wyk Louw (Afrikaans stands with one leg in Africa and the other in the West) and CJ Langenhoven (Afrikaans is a rapidly ascending curve).

The three columns to the left of the entrance symbolise the Western European languages and cultures. It's 13.5 m high.

A podium with three domes to the right represents Africa's indigenous languages and cultures. The curves of these two elements form a bridge to the base of the main column.

This column symbolises the origin and development of Afrikaans, It stands in water indicating that the language needs care in order to grow. The main column is open ended indicating that growth is a continuous process. It is 57m high.