Many of these buildings are of considerable architectural merit, the material chiefly used in their construction being granite from the Paarl and red brick.
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PAARL, a town of the Cape Province, South Africa, 36 m.
West of the town the Paarl Berg rises from the plain.
The berg is crowned by three great granite boulders, known as the Paarl, Britannia and Gordon Rock.
Paarl is a thriving agricultural and viticultural centre, among its industries being the manufacture of wine and brandy, wagon and carriage building and harness making.
The Paarl is one of the oldest European towns in South Africa.
It was named Paarl by the first settlers from the fancied resemblance of one of the boulders on the top of the hill, when glistening in the sun, to a gigantic pearl.
Of the other towns Somerset West (2613), Somerset West Strand (3059), Stellenbosch (4969), Paarl (11,293), Wellington (4881), Ceres (2410), Malmesbury (3811), Caledon (3508), Worcester (7885), Robertson (3244) and Swellendam (2406) are named in the order of proximity to Cape Town, from which Swellendam is distant 134 m.
The chief wine-producing districts are those of the Paarl, Worcester, Robertson, Malmesbury, Stellenbosch and the Cape, all in the south-western regions.
In the Cape and Paarl districts are valuable stone and granite quarries.