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Address

5 Wale Street, Cape Town

Contact

Tel + 27 21 424 7360 info@sgcathedral.com...www.stgeorgescathedr...

Daily Opening Hours

Monday–Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 08h00 – 12h00
Sunday Sermons: 07h00, 08h00, 09h30 and 19h00

Entry Fees

Not applicable

Facilities

Wheelchair friendly
Public Toilets

Kids


  • Look at the sun shine through the beautifully coloured windows of the Cathedral

  • Listen to the church bells ring!

  • Feed the squirrels peanuts in the Company Gardens and watch them run and play.

  • Walk the Labyrinth

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Overview

An Icon of History

Part of the Yellow Downtown Tour - a free extension on the Red City Tour. Whilst riding on the Cape Town Yellow Downtown Tour, you’ll come to a stop at St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa. It is the mother church of the Anglican diocese of Cape Town built by Sir Herbert Baker out of sandstone from Table Mountain.

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› Be mesmerized by the stained glass windows – work done by Gabriel Loire
› Visit the structure that outlived three wars, depressions and recessions

The St George’s Cathedral was the vision of Robert Gray, the first Bishop of Cape Town, who wanted to have a cathedral worthy of the Mother City.

The early English colonists at the Cape of Good Hope had no church building of their own; they had to rely on services conducted by military chaplains at the Groote Kerk and the Castle. On 21 December 1834 St George's Church opened for divine service. It had no rector, and chaplains conducted the services until Bishop Gray arrived in his newly-created diocese in 1848.

Since then building has progressed by stops and starts. Over a century later in 1939 the north aisle was finished; in 1963 the Lady Chapel and south aisle were completed, and in 1978 the belfry and the Link section, with additional seating, were built. The central panel of the great west window is dominated by the figure of the triumphant Christ. Unfortunately after three wars, depressions and recessions the completion of St George's Cathedral is still incomplete to this day.

The People's Cathedral

› Find out why St George’s Cathedral is fondly known as the People’s Cathedral
› Relive the historical event when Archbishop Desmond Tutu led a mass demonstration against apartheid
› Learn where the phrase “rainbow people” originated from

St George’s Anglican Cathedral, a gorgeous example of Victorian era design with magnificent stained glass windows and a crypt is known as ‘the people’s cathedral’ because of its role in the resistance against apartheid.

St George’s kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era, and it was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, after he led a mass demonstration of 30 000 people to Grand Parade in 1989, who coined the phrase ‘rainbow people’ to describe South Africa’s diverse population. And the Cathedral’s accessibility to all people of Cape Town doesn’t stop there. The Very Reverend Rowan Smith is one of the first priests in the country to be open about his sexual identity, and, far from being rejected by St George’s congregation for his gay orientation, he has been accepted by his church. Truly this is a reflection central to the Cathedral’s vision as being the “people’s cathedral”.

More attractions around the Cathedral

› Take a spiritual walk on St George's Cathedral’s very own labyrinth
› Visit the Slave Lodge and increase your awareness on human rights, equality, peace and justice
› Have tea in the oldest garden in South Africa, the Company Gardens

And if it is more heritage sightseeing visits that interests you then visit the South African Houses of Parliament, The South African National Gallery and The South African Museum, which are very easily located on our Cape Town maps and well worth a visit.

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