Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Groote Kerk

43 Adderley St 021-422-0569 free

S 33 55.486 E 018 25.253

Groote Kerk or "Great Church" is the mother church of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa and the oldest existing church in southern Africa. The Dutch East India Company did not allow religious freedom in the Cape and the Dutch Reformed Church was the only recognized religion until 1779. The bell tower dates from 1704 and is the only remaining piece of the original construction of the church. Once inside, be sure to check out the enormous pulpit, as well as the massive organ - the largest in Southern Africa. Entrance is in the back on Parliament Street and guided tours are available on request at no additional charge, but you'll have to pay for the historical pamphlet.

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