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Information on Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

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Paarl is a town in the Western Cape province which is the third oldest European settlement in South Africa, after Stellenbosch and Cape Town.  It is the largest town in the Cape Winelands, renowned for its scenic beauty and illustrious history.

Today Paarl is part of Cape Town Metropolitan. The district is particularly well known for its or Paarl Rock. This massive granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl. Like many towns in the Cape Winelands,

Paarl is home to a prosperous community, with many beautiful and well maintained Cape Dutch houses, streets lined with old oak trees and beautiful gardens. It was here that the foundations of the Afrikaans language were laid by the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners. The Afrikaanse Taalmonument on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, the Afrikaans Language Route and the Language Museum are memorials to this achievement.


Paarl History

In 1657, while Abraham Gabemma was searching for additional meat resources for the new Dutch settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, he saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm and named it de Diamondt en de Peerlberg. Gabemma was the Fiscal at the settlement on the shores of Table Bay. The diamonds soon disappeared from the name, and it became known simply at Pearl Rock or Pearl Mountain.

Then, in 1687, just 35 years after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape, land for farms was given to some Dutch settlers on the banks of the Berg River nearby. The fertile soil and the Mediterranean-like climate of this region provided ideal conditions for farming. The settlers planted orchards, vegetable gardens and above all, vineyards, which today produce some of the best red wines in the world.

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