Place Category: City Walk: Interfaith Route
Site of the first synagogue in South Africa.
6 April, 1849 two houses and a store, adjoining the Lodge De Goede Hoop, (first Masonic Lodge in South Africa) purchased for £800 for use as a synagogue and minister’s home. Formally consecrated on 15 September, 1849.
Objects of interest: beautiful Masonic gateway, Simon van de Stel Foundation plaque: “On this site stood a house which was used as the first synagogue in South Africa consecrated by the Reverend Isaac Pulver, the first minister, until a synagogue was built facing Government Avenue consecrated on 13 September, 1863”
Also in the neighbourhood
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral of our Lady of the Flight into Egypt
6 September, 1841 foundation stone laid. 28 April, 1851 neo-Gothic stucco Cathedral opened by Bishop Griffith (at cost of £11 000); Architect Carl Hager. 1870 bell cast in Ireland donated by Marquis of Bute, designed to be heard by the seamen at the docks. 1891 organ from Hill & Son installed. 1904 Apsidal chapels, designed by Sir Herbert Baker. 1927 sacristy, baptistry and new bell tower added; Architect FM Glennie. 1930s wooden screen donated by Count Labia to commemorate Concordat between the Vatican and Mussolini. 1950 black Italian marble altar by Florenci Cularan installed as Second World War memorial to parishioners who died. Objects of interest: 18th century icon of Our Lady of the Flight in to Egypt; painting of the crucifixion donated by Napoleon III (inside the porch); carved oak pulpit by Tweedie; marble angel by O’Callaghan (1896); stained glass windows of the life of the Virgin Mary by Mayer & Co (1896); stations of the Cross by Maud Sumner (1962); Crown of Thorns light feature by Jan Corewiyn;
6 September, 1841 foundation stone laid. 28 April, 1851 neo-Gothic stucco Cathedral opened by Bishop Griffith (at cost of £11 000); Architect Read more [...]
Iziko South African Museum
Oldest museum in South Africa established by Dr Smith in 1823. Includes exhibitions of rock paintings and engravings, providing evidence of spiritual beliefs and ritual, dating back 80 000 years.
Oldest museum in South Africa established by Dr Smith in 1823. Includes exhibitions of rock paintings and engravings, providing evidence of Read more [...]