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The Union Monument pyramid in Graaff-Reinet

The Union monument pyramid in Graaff-Reinet

The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt are one of the most famous monuments in the world. At some stage in history, pyramids also became very popular grave markers. Probably the best-known pyramid monument in South Africa is the Donkin Memorial in Port Elizabeth, erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his wife Elizabeth in 1820. Imagine my surprise when I found out that there is a pyramid monument in Graaff-Reinet as well.

This monument overlooks the town from the top of Magazine Hill. It was built in the form of a stone pyramid and commemorates the union of the four provinces of South Africa in 1910. Each side of the pyramid displays the name of a province: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Natal.

Directions – From Caledon Street turn left into Church Street (past the Town Hall), turn right in Auret Street and drive about 300m, the Powder Magazine will be on the right. Drive another 300m and keep left at the fork in the road. Another 400m on this road to get to the Union Monument.

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  1. Jeannette de Wit

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