Dutch Reformed church: Graaff-Reinet

The centre piece of Graaff-Reinet is its national monument: the Dutch Reformed church. It greets visitors at the end of the main street in this small Karoo town, which is aptly named Church Street. And why would it be called anything else? The church is nicknamed Groot Kerk in Afrikaans, meaning big church. What makes the church unusual is that unlike other churches from the same era, it has a kitchen and a chimney. Great for post-mass tea. I attended a concert here on and can attest to the fact that the organs are still in perfect working condition.

Address: Church Street, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Entrance: Free (except for during holy mass)

Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.

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