TRAVELBUCKET

JOURNEY OF CHURCHES

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Dutch Reform Church, Stellenbosch

The congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church, Stellenbosch was established in 1686. The church building was consecrated in 1723 after the first building was destroyed in a fire in 1710.  The cross church was enlarged in 1863.    Burials were initially permitted under the church floor.  About 100 people were buried inside the church before the floor was tiled.  In 1801 the first crypts were allowed outside the church building.  This continued until 1849 when the first municipal cemetery was opened.

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Weslyan Methodist Church, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Early image of the church Photo credit: sierra-leone.org

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Methodist Church, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

The Methodist Church in Oudtshoorn is a sandstone building overgrown with creepers.  I could not find any details of this little jewel, but will keep researching and update when I find something.

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Marty Myrtle Church, Bonnievale – the only church in the world believed to be built on the request of a child.  The floor is made of marble from Italy the stained glass windows comes from England, the main door from Zanzibar (made originally for a jail and over 300 years old), the side doors out of wood from Knysna.

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The Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Central, Port Elizabeth.   It was built in 1866 and burned down by a mentally deranged woman in 1897 but was rebuilt. The architect was William White-Cooper.

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