Some of Stellenbosch's most historic buildings face the Braak, the grassy town square, which is a national monument. St. Mary's Church stands at the far end of the Braak. Built in 1852 as an Anglican church, it reflects the growing influence of the English in Stellenbosch. Across Bloem Street from St. Mary's is the Burgher House, built in 1797. Today it houses the offices of Historical Homes in South Africa.
At the southern end of the square is the
Rhenish Mission Church, erected by the Missionary Society of Stellenbosch in 1823 as a training school for slaves and blacks. Bloem St., 7600.
Bordered by Bloem, Alexander, and Bird Sts., Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa