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Cape Town Sights

St. George's Cathedral

  • 5 Wale St. Map It
  • Cape Town Central
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 11/06/2014

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This stunning cathedral was once the religious seat of one of the most recognizable faces—and voices—in the fight against apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his position as the first black archbishop of Cape Town (he was elected in 1986), he vociferously denounced apartheid and relentlessly pressed for a democratic government. It was from these steps that he led a demonstration of more than 30,000 people and coined the phrase the Rainbow People to describe South Africans in all their glorious diversity. Tutu, long retired, and the cathedral continue in their active monitoring role today, holding marches and the new government to account. The Anglican cathedral was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in the Gothic Revival style; construction began in 1901, using sandstone from Table Mountain. The structure contains the largest stained-glass window in the country, some beautiful examples of late-Victorian stained glass, and a 1,000-year-old Coptic cross. If you want to hear the magnificent organ, go to the choral evensong at 7 on Sunday evening.

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5 Wale St., Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–5; services weekdays at 7:15 am and 1:15 pm, Sat. at 8 am, Sun. at 7 am, 8 am, 10 am, and 7 pm

Updated 11/06/2014


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