The Taal Monument (Afrikaans for the Language Monument) is a monument situated on Paarl Mountain in Paarl, around 45 minutes from Cape Town. It was designed by architect, Jan van Wijk, and built in 1975 to commemorate the recognition of Afrikaans as an official South African language 100 years prior. The monument consists of 3 domes and 3 obelisk shaped pillars, each of which represents a culture influential to the Afrikaans language. The tall needle that stands amongst these objects is the most iconic section of the monument and can be seen for miles.
The views from Paarl Rock are worth a visit, where you can see Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Mountains in the distance. The Visitor Centre includes an exhibition area, offices, and a conference room for lectures. Volksmond Coffee and Curio Shop offers refreshments and snacks, as well as a selection of souvenirs. Bring a picnic along to enjoy at the picnic spot or order one from the coffee shop.