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Christuskirche

Christuskirche © Roger Zenner
Christuskirche © Roger Zenner

Built in 1910 to accommodate the Lutheran congregation in the city, Christuskirche is a prominent landmark in the historic centre of Windhoek. A 79-foot (24m) spire tops the sandstone church, existing as a national monument.

Three bronze bells in the tower bear the inscriptions 'Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe' (Glory to God in the highest), 'Friede auf Erden' (Peace on Earth), and 'Den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen' (Goodwill towards men).

Its portal and altar are Italian marble, and its gothic revival face is unique by virtue of its Art Nouveau elements made from quartz sandstone. An interesting fact is that the stained glass windows, a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II, were installed backwards until the late 1990s when a tourist noticed the error.

The church is a delight to explore, especially for those interested in architecture. The Parliamentary Gardens are wonderful for a stroll and a picnic and are just around the corner form the church. There is also a small craft market nearby.

The Christuskirche is an active place of worship with regular services open to the public, and is a popular venue for weddings.

Address: Corner of Fidel Castro Str and Robert Mugabe Ave

Opening times: Monday to Friday 7:30am-2:30pm.