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Best Religious Sites in Cape Town

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Central Methodist Mission

Originally established in 1822, the Central Methodist Mission lies in the city center of Cape Town. The church has been involved in various peacekeeping activities including the Gun Free South Africa project and the World Methodist Council Peace Award Ceremony in honor of Nelson Mandela. The turbulent history of Africa was a trial for the church, but it has persevered to become one of the iconic Gothic structures one can see on Greenmarket Square.

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Auwal Mosque

Established in the late 18th century, the Auwal Mosque was the first mosque to be built upon South African soil and can still be found on the Dorp Street. The mosque has a fascinating history, as the construction took place on land that was owned by Ceylon, a freed slave, while its founder was a banished Indonesian prince: Tuan Guru who came to be known as Iman Abdullah Kadi Salaam. The imposing mosque is worth a visit both for its beautiful architecture and its history.

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St. George's Cathedral

The home of Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, St.George's Anglican Cathedral is known for its magnificent stained glass windows, which depict the lives of various Apostles, Prophets, Martyrs and Saints of the Holy Church throughout the world.. The foundations for the modern cathedral, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, were laid in 1901, although it was not until 1908 that it was finally developed. None other than the future King of England, George V, laid the foundation stone.

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Groote Kerk

Groote Kerk, which translates as Great Church, is South Africa's oldest formal place of worship. Founded in 1665, and built by Herman Schuette, this is the most important Dutch Reformed Church in the country. Groote Kerk also lays claim to housing the country's largest organ, which was installed in the 1950s and has an incredible 5917 pipes. This imposing place of worship is situated on Church Square, just off Adderley Street.

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The Gardens Shul

The Gardens Shul is located on Hatfield Street was established in 1841 and is one of the oldest and largest Hebrew Congregations in South Africa and perhaps even in the whole Southern Hemisphere. The building is an architectural feat and a historic landmark. An active community, the members partake in all of the traditional activities including the Shiurim, Bar Mirzvahs and Zahrtzeit. It also hosts activities like Friday Night Live and Super Shabbos and is known for its mellifluous choir.

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