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First constructed in 1834, St George’s Cathedral in the centre of Cape Town was later demolished and rebuilt in 1906. The reason? The original building resembled a pagan temple and was deemed unsuitable as a Christian house of prayer. All that remains of the first church is the cross that was once a part of the spire and now located at the church entrance.
St George’s Cathedral is an Anglican church which received the title of cathedral when the first Bishop arrived from England in 1849. The later building was designed by well-known architect Sir Herbert Baker and constructed from Table Mountain sandstone in French Gothic style. Beautiful stained glass windows adorn the church and the interior has some remarkable features, one notable being a wooden black Madonna, rarely found in Africa.
Below the cathedral is a crypt, used nowadays as a jazz venue by night and café by day. The occasional art display pops-up in... Show more