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JOURNEY OF CHURCHES

On 27 March 1909 a decision was taken that Joubertina (Eastern Cape) is in need of a church. The stone for the exterior was to be sourced from the region and the interior of the church should be adorned with “oprecth geelhout” (yellowwood) from the Tsitsikamma.  The yellowwood was then carted with ox wagons from the Knysna region and 400 loads of stone at a cost of R0.25 per  load were were carted from a cliff between Twee Riviere and Joubertina.  Building work completed two years later in 1911.

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Another of my favourite Sophy Gray churches.  The plans for St Mark’s were based on Littlemore Church, near Oxford in England.   Three stonemasons were used to build the church and it was completed in 13 months. The windows might be the oldest in South Africa as it dates back to before Van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape of Good Hope. It was recovered from a church in Germany during the French Revolution, brought to England and then found its way to South Africa.

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The Dutch Reformed church in Oudtshoorn is an Otto Häger design and dates back to the ostrich feather boom period.

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St. Francis Xavier Church in Melacca, Malaysia was built in 1856, in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary.  The church was believed to be modelled after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Southern France, Montpellier, which followed closely the older church’s original construction, except for a portico which was later added in 1963.   To date St Francis Xavier Church still serves its function as a Catholic church, with regular mass services.
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