1820 Settlers National Monument, Grahamstown

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The 1820 Settlers National Monument, which honours the contribution to South African society made by the British 1820 Settlers, overlooks Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. A living monument, it commemorates the English language as much as the Settlers themselves. The building was designed by John Sturrock, Sturrock was inspired by the work of Louis Kahn.
The Monument is closely linked with the National Arts Festival, often known simply as the Grahamstown Festival. Ever since the monument's opening on 13 July 1974, the festival has been held there every year, except for in 1975. Virtually all possible venues in Grahamstown are used during the festival, but the Monument is the anchor of the event and the biggest venue too. The main theatre in the monument complex is named after Guy Butler.
The monument was devastated by a fire in 1994 and rebuilt and was officially re-dedicated by Nelson Mandela in May 1996.
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  • Went there at night and it was closed. Couldn't visit again in the day. I came to know it has information about history of Settlers  more »
  • Close to the N2 (the national road), the Monument was one of many venues that hosted the National Arts Festival.The building has many venues within its walls. Facilities were adequate (clean bathrooms...  more »
  • There are many reasons to visit the grahamstown monument through out the year : Science festival, arts festival, Saturday night movies at the moment, Rhodes graduation, end of year functions, concerts with popular artists and the list goes on. A great place to see a night view of the city.
  • Lovely place inside, but rather ugly on the outside. Not much happens there during the year other than when the National Arts festival comes to town. It has clean bathrooms and sometimes a small cafe during the Arts festival. Very large theatre that can be hired to do events like school prize giving or graduation.
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