The French Quarter
This is a dedication to the Past, Present and Future of South Africa, with reference to Franschhoek, the smallest town in the heart of the Western Cape wine lands.
May our Country always prosper, may our people always support and celebrate each others’ individuality,
May we stand together in times of great celebration and also in times of great sorrow,
Let our leaders always bring the message of hope, peace and compassion and our country always be under the protection of our Mighty God!
Franschhoek Western Cape, 2012
In this painting I use the buildings to represent the past, the child represents the innocence of the future and the scenes in the foreground display some of the attractions in this charming little town; the amazing Wineries, the award winning Restaurants and the precious little chocolate shops.
Franschhoek was initially called Oliphantshoek, because of the herds of elephants that used to pass through the valley to reach the valleys beyond. The last elephant was seen departing from the valley in 1850. During the late 1600s many French Huguenots settled in the valley, and the area became known as the French Quarter, or Franschhoek.
All the icons reappear, the Protea, the Galloen, The Springbok, the Blue Crane, Nelson Mandela, all uniquely South African, and of course, the white Dove, representing God watching over us.
1) The Franschhoek Town Hall
2) The Huguenot Monument:
The well-known Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek commemorates the arrival of approximately 270 French Huguenots in the Cape circa 1687-89. They were fleeing religious persecution in France following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
The monument incorporates a figure of a woman with a bible in her right hand and a broken chain in her left – the spirit of religious freedom. She is in the process of throwing off her cloak, the cloak of oppression. Above the three arches, which symbolise the Holy Trinity, is the sun of righteousness.
In the background, the colonnade lies in a semi-circle, symbolising the “spiritual bliss and peace of mind which have been found after so many years of persecution and so long a struggle”
3) The Huguenot Museum:
The Museum is the rebuilt Saasveld Building, the elegant 18th century home of Baron Willem Ferdinand Van Rheede of Oudtshoorn. It was erected in 1791 0n his estate in Cape Town. In 1954 the Dutch-reformed congregation decided to demolish the building to erect a youth hostel in its place. In 1957, the building was moved brick-for-brick to Franschhoek and then used as a museum.
4) The Dutch Reformed Church (Die Moederkerk):
The oldest portion of this church was erected in 1846-1847 and inaugurated on the 18th
5) Solms-Delta Estate:
Visitors to the Solms-Delta estate are treated to free personalised tours of the Later Stone-Age archaeological site, the exposed foundations of the 17th century homestead and various other colonial structures, several historical buildings in various stages of restoration, a magical forest of rare camphor’s, yellowwoods and oaks (including a 300-year-old National Champion Tree), and walks along a trout-rich river and pond, against a backdrop of the majestic Drakenstein mountains
6) Franschhoek Motor Museum:
Located on the breathtaking L’Ormarins wine farm, home to a vast and unique collection of vehicles dating from 1900- 2006.
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