Belvedere House

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Place Category: City Walk: Interfaith Route

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    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”

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