Groote Kerk, Cape Town Central

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The Groote Kerk is a Dutch Reformed church in Cape Town, South Africa. The church is South Africa's oldest place of worship, built by Herman Schuette in 1841. The first church on this land was built in 1678. Willem Adriaan van der Stel laid the cornerstone for the church. It was replaced by the present building in 1841, but the original tower was retained. The pulpit is the work of Anton Anreith and the carpenter Jacob Graaff, and was inaugurated on 29 November 1789. The Groote Kerk lays claim to housing South Africa's largest organ, which was installed in 1954 and has 5917 pipes.
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  • Please visit the Groote Kerk, and listen to the magnificent Organ, The largest in the Southern Hemisphere. A very busy and well used Kirk  more »
  • Lots of history encapsulated in this church. Great detailing on the hand crafted wooden pulpit, the canopy of which weighs in at 400kg The pulpit dates back to the late 1700’s Simon van der Stel...  more »
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  • This is the oldest and most historic Reformed church in South Africa. Yet, also one of the most active faith communities in social justice and reconciliation. Worth the visit and worth getting involved in.
  • Historical Dutch Reform Church in Adderley street Cape Town .
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