Monday, January 16, 2012

Montagu NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church)

The little town of Montagu in the Western Cape truly is a gem of a town with beautiful old buildings, lots of history, fruit, mountains and nature all around.  Montagu was founded in 1851 on the farm Uitvlucht.  The town was named after John Montagu, the British Secretary of the Cape, who was responsible for the building of the Cogmans Kloof Pass that opened up the town for passing trade.  One of the most significant buildings in the town is the historic Dutch Reformed Church.  The Neo-Gothic style church was completed in 1862.  It used to be painted white, but residents were complaining that they were being blinded by it reflecting too much sun.  It was then decided to paint it the creamy yellow it still is today.

I was curious to see what the church looked like at night, so popped down for a look one evening.  Impressive.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the church tour of Montagu. I like both daytime and nighttime versions. (Thanks also for the information about Bartholomeu Dias. I find myself wanting to know more about the Portuguese explorers. No other country produced so many known explorers, I dare say.)

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  2. Nice church and even the creamy yellow glows well at night.

    Still waiting to hear about the vacation.

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  3. absolutely stunning! ur skies always blow me away!

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  4. Very nice pics :-) I went to Montagu years back... there is an interesting herbal remedy museum there if I remember correctly?

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  5. Lovely pictures of this church.

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  6. You might have seen my 100+ photos of SA Churches on the Internet. I can't believe I missed the Montagu DRC, I passed it several times. The fence seems to work better in the night-time photo, and I like the more dynamic angle.

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