8 SA Churches And Cathedrals To Visit Over Christmas


Cape Town – South Africa has as many beautiful cathedrals and churches as it does mountains, rivers and wildlife.

One special way to embrace the festive spirit is to visit one of South Africa’s iconic cathedrals of churches. Many Christian families flock to midnight masses and early morning Christmas services to watch nativity plays and carol singing – a practice which has become a Christmas tradition in South Africa over the years.

Why not visit one of these beautiful buildings for some special South African Christmas spirit…

St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town 

This iconic Anglican church in the city centre is popular for hosting carols by candlelight, music concerts and nativity plays. The first stone of the church was laid in 1901.

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St Michael and St George Cathedral, Grahamstown

This Anglican Diocese in Grahamstown is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Grahamstown. The cathedral has the tallest spire in South Africa at 54m. The cathedral makes for wonderful music concerts with its high roof and good acoustics.

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St Mary’s Cathedral, Johannesburg

This Anglican cathedral was built in 1926. It is well known for its beautiful organ, said to be the largest restored organ in South Africa.

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Dutch Reformed Church, George

The cornerstones of this church were laid in 1832. It has wooden floors, high ceilings and an impressive clock tower. The church is open to all visitors and offers public tours of the building.

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Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

Cape Dutch gables and Gothic windows form the ornate Moederkerk in Swellendam.

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NG Church Robertson

An beautiful church is located around orchards and vineyards in Robertson.

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Dutch Reformed Church, Hanover Northern Cape

This old Northern Cape church has a clock in the bell tower that is still functioning after 100 years.

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Belvidere Holy Trinity Church, Knysna

This quaint little Belvidere church in Knysna sits no more than 20 people and was built in 1851 – perfect for an intimate Christmas service with family.

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