Places of worship

St. George's Anglican Cathedral. Photo courtesy Ian Junor aka ifijay

South Africa endorses freedom of religion in its constitution, so mainstream religions are well represented by places of worship throughout the country and Cape Town is no exception.

Whether you’re a Christian who prefers to attend a service within the stunning architectural edifice that is St George’s Cathedral, or a Zionist who chooses to worship under a spreading African acacia tree, most religions are catered for in the Mother City.

We have included some of the main places of worship on the list below. There are a number of local venues across the city. Please call Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel to find out more information.

Traditional churches
The vast majority of South Africans belong to African Independent Churches, which combine traditional ancestral beliefs with Christianity. The Zion Christian Church is the largest of these. Over weekends groups of African Independent Church worshippers in green, blue or white robes, hold prayer meetings out in the open at riversides or in fields.

Catholic
The Catholic Cathedral is opposite Parliament, on the corner of Roeland, St John’s and Plein streets.

Anglican
St George’s Anglican Cathedral is famous for its former presiding bishop, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A 1905 Herbert Baker Gothic building, it is located on Wale Street opposite St George’s Mall at the entrance to Government Avenue. Call +27 (0)21 424 7360.

Dutch Reformed
The Groote Kerk holds services in Afrikaans, but even if you don’t follow the service, the organ music is superb. Find it on the junction of Adderley, Spin and Bureau streets, opposite the Slave Lodge.

Methodist
The Central Methodist Mission on the corner of Longmarket and Burg streets, Greenmarket Square, is a typical inner-city church with members from all racial and economic backgrounds.

Calvinist
St James Church, 114 Third Avenue, Kenilworth.

Baptist
Meadowridge Baptist Church is easily accessible from the M3 highway by taking the Ladies’ Mile off-ramp.

Charismatic
Vineyard Church, 16 Salisbury Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town.

Pentecostal
His People, Cape Town, is a city-wide church with six congregations: Baxter, City Bowl, Kuilsriver, N1 City, Tokai and West Coast.

Township church
St Peters, Harare, Khayelitsha.

Mosques
The Bo-Kaap sector of Cape Town features a number of mosques, the largest of which is the Gatesville Mosque, about 15 minutes from the city centre: Masjid-ul-quds (+27 (0) 21 638 1121). If you walk from the corner of Wale and Chiappini in the Bo-Kaap, you will come across a number of mosques within a few minutes.

Synagogues
Close to the National Art Gallery in Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, worshippers will find the Great Synagogue. Temple Israel services the large Green Point and Sea Point Hebrew congregation. Find it in Marais Road, Sea Point.

Temples
Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre can be found at 21 Loch Rd, Rondebosch.

The Gurudwara Sahib Cape Town was inaugurated recently to cater for the growing local Sikh and Punjabi communities. Visit this temple in the Radha Krishna Temple Complex, Jeram Road, Rylands Estate.

There is a Sufi Temple at 183 Campground Road in Newlands.

Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap is the oldest Mosque in Cape Town. Photo courtesy Mikecogh

The Synagogue in the Gardens suburb is one of the many Jewish places of worship. Photo courtesy Coda

Buyel'Embo Village

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.

Braai and Camping

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Castle Military Museum

The Castle Military Museum is housed in the oldest building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. It is a tribute to the brave regiments of the past, providing an insight into the political history of the country and celebrating the rich military history of the Cape.

South African Rugby Museum

Cape Town sport enthusiasts are lucky enough to live in the city that is home to the South African Rugby Museum. Located just a drop kick away from the Newlands Rugby Stadium in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, home of the Stormers, the South African Rugby Museum is a full of tokens, collector’s items, memorabilia and history of one of the country’s most watched sports.

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