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A series of 7 pictures to show something very special about the Voortrekkermonument in Pretoria SA ... they placed a Centotaph in the basement of the monument ... i climbed to to top of the building to make it visable !! ....Wikipedia :
The Cenotaph, situated in the centre of the Cenotaph Hall, is the central focus of the monument. In addition to being viewable from the Hall of Heroes it can also be seen from the dome at the top of the building, from where much of the interior of the monument can be viewed. Through an opening in this dome a ray of sunlight shines at twelve o'clock on 16 December annually, falling onto the centre of the Cenotaph, striking the words 'Ons vir Jou, Suid-Afrika' (Afrikaans for 'We for Thee, South Africa'). The ray of light is said to symbolise God's blessing on the lives and endeavours of the Voortrekkers. December 16, 1838 was the date of the Battle of Blood River, commemorated in South Africa before 1994 as the Day of the Vow.

The Cenotaph Hall is decorated with the flags of the different Voortrekker Republics and contains wall tapestries depicting the Voortrekkers as well as several display cases with artefacts from the Great Trek. Against the northern wall of the hall is a nave with a lantern in which a flame has been kept burning ever since 1938. It was in that year that the Symbolic Ox Wagon Trek, which started in Cape Town and ended at Monument Hill where the Monument's foundation stone was laid, took place.

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Apr 07 2011 13:41 GMT Annamaria
Great ceiling!!
Apr 07 2011 14:15 GMT hans55 PRO
this is from the whole in the ceiling looking down Annamaria
... i took it without looking !! :-)
Apr 07 2011 14:18 GMT Annamaria
Aaaah you were looking down in statt of looking up/...;-))
Apr 07 2011 14:19 GMT hans55 PRO
yesss ... you can see the cenotaph in the basement !!
Apr 07 2011 15:08 GMT Annamaria
Yes, I saw that later...;-))