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Groote Kerk

43 Adderley Street | (enter on Church Sq.), Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 461 7044
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Old and impressive

It is well worth taking the guided tour, to hear about the history of this church. The info about... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Dirmu G
via mobile
Sunday Morning Visit

Our final morning in Cape Town with a mid afternoon flight back home to Dubai. Groote Kerk was... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Ashley A
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“oldest church” (2 reviews)
“organ” (5 reviews)
“pulpit” (7 reviews)
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43 Adderley Street | (enter on Church Sq.), Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 461 7044
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

It is well worth taking the guided tour, to hear about the history of this church. The info about the pulpit, organ, tiles, rosettes in the ceiling, etc is very interesting

Thank Dirmu G
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Our final morning in Cape Town with a mid afternoon flight back home to Dubai. Groote Kerk was open being a Sunday with a few people inside in silent reflection. A couple of ladies were laying out tables for tea with some cakes and other...More

Thank Ashley A
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

South Africa's oldest place of worship. First church built in 1678. Present church built in 1841. Clock tower is original. The pulpit is a magnificent carving by Anton Anreith. Worth a stop to see the pulpit.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This building is not the original one as it was burnt down i think twice. However the bell tower is original. One of the interesting things of note is the Batavian stone floor that changes colour before a change in the weather. An interesting visit...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

It is well worth having a guide explain to you the rich history of the church. We have attended a service here. I went back this week to show a visitor the inside of the church. The woodwork on the pulpit and the enormous organ...More

Thank Dirmu G
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

For years I have been trying to enter this building but did not know it was accessed from the rear of the building. It's a true architectural gem both inside and out, however it is only open during the week. Surviving pews and crests to...More

2  Thank hu10
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Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

The Groove Kerk is the oldest Church in South Africa and resembles the atmosphere of the reformation where the Word of God is central in every service. Its an architectural masterpiece with lots of history. Add a service in your CT calendar when visiting!

Thank Whydoyouneedascreenn
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Gothic style church with enclosed pews, which would be bought by wealthy families. Large wood pulpit carved by Anton Anreith and Jan Jacob Graaff with 2 lions at the base. Largest organ in the Southern Hemisphere. By the front entry, the floor stones are recycled...More

2  Thank chitownsam
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

The white, calm serenity of the interior offers a break from city life. Aim to visit on a Sunday after the sermon - it is worthwhile to be shown around by the knowledgeable guide. Magnificent organ music too!

1  Thank Kardoesie
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

This is a well preserved inner sanctum of a church that was beautifully built in the slavery days. Anton Anrieth carved the most beautiful pulpit and it is the home of South African/ Scottish Presbyterianism. Catch a recital on Sundays and look out in the...More

2  Thank John S
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