Sunday, March 30, 2008

Historic Monument


The lighthouse at Seal Point was built in 1878, and has been declared a National Monument. The brass plaque you see on the gatepost is placed on all buildings with this status.
The honour brings with it responsibilities for those who own or administer a national monument, to maintain and preserve it in its original condition. No alterations may be made without specific permission from the Heritage Board, who will make very sure that any changes do not intefere with the historic nature of the place. (Sadly in many places, like Port Elizabeth, this is being ignored, and wonderful heritage sites are being lost as businesses have no problem paying a paltry fine for demolishing a building on a site that will bring a fat profit from a new development.)
But the good news is that there are many others, like this one, which are lovingly cared for and open to the public, so that an interest in the heritage of our nation can be passed on from generation to generation.

5 comments:

Midas said...

That's great when historical stuff are protected.

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Hyde DP said...

I love the perspective in this shot.

quintarantino said...

Very good angle to frame the lighthouse!

sam said...

thanks, luckily I didn't need to lie on my back for this one!

afrodisiacos said...

I believe one and all must glance at it.