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The Regina Mundi Church in Rockwell, Soweto is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the country and a past beacon of light to apartheid activists who would shelter and meet here during times of strife. The church was built in 1962 and named Regina Mundi, Latin for Queen of the World, in reference to the Virgin Mary. During the 1976 Soweto uprising, bullets were fired at fleeing students as they made their way into the church and the pockmarks created by the bullets can still be seen today.
Fairly staid in its architecture, the size of the interior is what impresses with beautiful stained glass windows later added in an attempt to beautify the structure. The windows were a gift from the First Lady of Poland at the time, Jolanta Kwaśniewska. A black Madonna and child painting takes centre stage, a 1973 original by Larry Scully and issued to raise funds for black education. The painting... Show more