Paarl is the largest town in the Cape winelands municipality and is the third oldest town in South Africa. The name Paarl is derived from the large granite dome mountain that exists in Paarl. In 1657, in search of new trading relationships inland, Abraham Gabemma saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm and named it “de Diamondt en de Peerlberg” (Diamond and Pearl Mountain), the diamond part was dropped but Pearl stuck.
Paarl is a beautiful town in terms of the nature, farms as well as the beautiful Cape dutch architectural buildings. I would suggest taking a drive through Paarl before heading to one of the many award winning wine farms on the Paarl wine route.
You will be sure to drive past the thatch church building that inspired this piece.