ID #2352

Dutch Reformed Church, Calvinia, Hantam Karoo, Northern Cape.

This church, now a national monument, reflects the skill of the Potchefstroom architect Gaysford. In 1899 he drew the plans of the building. The first service was held on November 24 1900. The wrought iron gates and fence were erected in 1911. The old organ, which was in use from 1880 to 1936, was replaced by the Estey organ. It was inaugurated on October 18 1936. The arch above the organ, with its words: "Gaat in Tot Zijn Poorten met Lof” was removed to make way for the larger organ. The Victorian iron on the galleries was replaced with wood. Photographs of the original church and organ are displayed in the Calvinia Museum. Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 08h00 to 16h00. Saturdays 08h00 to 12h00. Calvinia is on the R27 east of Vanrhynsdorp, which is on the N7 north of Cape Town. Travel east on the R27 from Vanrhynsdorp via Niewoudtville to Calvinia. AIDutch

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