St. George's Cathedral

St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town Central

St. George's Cathedral
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The first black archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, used this Anglican cathedral as a religious and political seat.
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
Nov 2021
Completed in 1936 this Anglican church was and still is the seat of the Cape Town's archbishop and thus has the status of a cathedral. Gothic in style and thus light with high pointed arches and windows, the church rises where the Company gardens are located.

To foreigners and people who opposed Apartheid, the church is well known because of Desmond Tutu, a prominent Anglican leader who invited people of all races and backgrounds into his church. For this reason the church was often referred to as 'the people's cathedral'.
Written 19 November 2021
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adalbert3
Newport Beach, CA5 335 contributions
Feb 2020
Anglican Cathedral located at the end of the Company Gardens, it is certainly worth taking a few moments to walk through---they offer info for self-guided tours at the end of the main aisle. Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu was internationally known for leading an activist anti-apartheid movement from here--many recognize the Cathedral as a symbol of democracy. The stained glass windows are lovely and it is interesting to know that the Cathedral is still a work in progress. There is a jazz restaurant in the crypt named "The Crypt" that jazz enthusiasts recommended. Right across the street in St. George's Mall across from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation is a portion of the Berlin Wall. Check out my photos for more details.
Written 5 April 2020
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vanrensburgelna
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions
Jan 2020
A beautiful building but so sorry to see how streetsleepers and people who just do not through their rubbish into dustbins , that is provided, has run down this landmark
Written 15 February 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20 576 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is the second church on this site, replacing one built in 1834. The Boer War interrupted construction, which dragged on for several decades after the foundation stone was laid on 1901. It’s best known for the prominent role it played as the centre for protest against the policy of Apartheid, led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It’s a ‘must visit’ site if you’re in Cape Town. There is also a jazz club in the crypt.
Written 6 February 2020
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mandr268
Westport, Ireland912 contributions
Nov 2019
this is a great cathedral to visit, lots to see and history to remember, we felt it was a very special place
Written 28 January 2020
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Elisabeth
United Kingdom31 contributions
Jan 2020
A lovely church that during apartheid was only one of few that accepted a diverse congregation. Worth a visit.
Written 22 January 2020
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John Christophe... J
Shrewsbury, UK300 contributions
Jan 2020
During our city centre walk, we visited the Cathedral and spoke with a representative of the Cathedral called Martin Fuqmba. It is a very imposing stone building amongst the concrete jungle of the city. Once inside it is quite stunning, very calming indeed. The stained windows in the Link are quite wonderful. The Sanctuary is very beautiful. It became a Cathedral in 1848 and The Rev Desmond Tutu was also a Bishop at the Cathedral. It is well worth a visit and is near the Company Garden Park. Sadly we noticed 'homeless people' living in the church yard in tents etc. This is very sad indeed! We experienced no issues whatsoever.
Written 13 January 2020
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Ed50_13
Johnstown, Colorado355 contributions
Oct 2019
Greatly enjoyed taking a tour of the St. George's Cathedral and its history. Especially learning that Archbishop Tutu was among its distinguished clergy. Well worth a visit and tour.
Written 10 December 2019
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doctoyou
San Diego, CA445 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Walked in during a service. Not too crowded midday Sunday. Nice stained glass windows and building.
You can’t see or walk the labyrinth during a service. It’s outback and easy to get to. It’s in an open yard where you’ll find people just walking across to get around and to the restroom. Soothing to walk through it-
Written 6 November 2019
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avalonbride36
Washington DC, DC180 contributions
Oct 2019
We enjoyed evensong here and had a lovely experience. A very special thanks to the couple who, upon seeing my family stranded without access to uber, gave us a lift in their tiny car. THANK YOU!!!!
Written 21 October 2019
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