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South Africa :: Western Cape (Winelands)
:: Franschhoek Village
Category: Attraction :: Monument/Statue/Memorial
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The Hugenote monument was built in dedication to the Huguenots cultural influence to the Cape Colony through their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its was designed by J.C. Jongens who completed it in 1945 and Dr. A.J van der Merwe inaugurated it on the 17th April 1948. Looking at the monument you will see three high arches which symbolizes the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The sun of righteousness is on top and above that is the cross of their Christian faith. Coert Steynberg created the female figure in the middle which symbolizes the religious freedom with the bible in her one hand and broken chains in the other. And also casting off her cloak of oppression, her position on top of the globe symbolizes her spiritual freedom. On her robe you will find a fleur-de-lis (flower like a lily) which represents the noble spirit and character. Some of the symbols on the southern tip of the globe are explained through the following, the Bible (religion), the harp (art and culture), the grape corn and sheaf of corn (viticulture and agriculture) and the spinning wheel (industry). The colonnade reflects in the water pond in front of it and the pond represents the tranquility and peace of mind of the Huguenots after much conflict and strife. Next to the monument you will find the Memorial Museum which houses the history of the French Huguenots.
|Address :||Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa|
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