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Culture can be passed on either within the same generation by spreading it geographically, or to a next generation, but when it is bequeathed to a next generation, it becomes heritage. Heritage can therefore not be created – culture is created and, if accepted, will be passed on as heritage.
This can be found in tangible forms such as antiques, architecture, museums, monuments and parks, for example.
Our rich, colourful heritage dates back to 1679 and is depicted in fine architecture throughout the town and surrounding wine farms. History is reflected in many spectacular examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian architecture. These historical buildings with their simple lines, fine detail and elegant proportions, bear witness to a proud and dignified heritage.
The verdant green oak trees, although not indigenous, have become a part of our town’s heritage, hence the Town of Oaks.
An integral part of our heritage is the oldest wine route in South Africa that today boasts more than 200 members and that produces international award-winning wines.
Stellenbosch is renowned as a centre for learning and is home to yet another proud heritage – Stellenbosch University; one of the top four research universities in South Africa.
The Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organisation with its main objective being the promotion of sustainable conservation of the cultural heritage landscape in and around Stellenbosch. The Foundation recognises the importance diverse cultural landscapes can play in contributing to present and future generations’ understanding and enjoyment of our collective heritage.
Preservation with innovation, education for future generations and the understanding that progress can be a valuable ally to conservation, support the Foundation’s objective to stimulate interest in the conservation of our national heritage resources.
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