Port Elizabeth

The Cenotaph

Monuments in or near St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in St Georges ParkThe Cenotaph

Monuments Port Elizabeth

Where? Rink Street, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

When? Any time.

How much? Free

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A cenotaph is defined as a memorial erected in honour of people whose physical remains are elsewhere. The cenotaph that was erected just outside St George’s Park and the cricket grounds in Port Elizabeth was opened on 10 November 1929.

The cenotaph's initial purpose was to commemorate those who died in World War I. In the decades that followed, panels were added for those men and women that died in the next world war. These needless deaths continue to haunt the friends and family members of those that were lost, and the cenotaph provides a memorial for these ones.

The cenotaph was made by James Gardner of the Art School. This hefty structure was erected by Pennachini Bros. The lower portion of the cenotaph represents physical life on earth. As the eye moves upwards, the statue gradually begins to represent a heavenly life, implying that those who died are now in a heavenly position.

The cenotaph is situated at the bottom of Rink Street, alongside the traffic circle that branches off to Western Road and Park Drive. It is open to the public and there is no fee involved in seeing it.

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