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This is worth a stop more from a historical than architectural perspective. Don't miss the photo... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TASunde
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Canton, Georgia
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Tha famous Church in SA(SOWETO)

The church played a big role as a meeting place for all South Africans who were fighting for the... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
tonykJ9442AM
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Johannesburg/Gaborone
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1 Mkhize Street, Soweto, Johannesburg 1863, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This small and modest Catholic church has seen much love and light and deep despair and sorrow. Guests from the Clintons, Obamas, Desmond Tutu, Winnie and Nelson Mandela among others have graced its doors and spoken passionately about the human spirit and capacity for love...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is worth a stop more from a historical than architectural perspective. Don't miss the photo exhibit upstairs.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TASunde
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

The History of this church is so rich. Thinking of the bullet wholes jn rhe roof and how he father tried to protect the children during 1976.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank delone193
Reviewed 1 October 2018

From the outside, a simple A frame church. Once inside, the local guide introduced us to the history of the most important Catholic Church in South Africa. This church welcomed anyone who was anti-apartheid and fleeing the violence so prevalent in the last century. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

The church played a big role as a meeting place for all South Africans who were fighting for the freedom of the African people. Most struggle icons have been to this church to encourage people to fight for their freedom, dignity and right to humanity....More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank tonykJ9442AM
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Wonderful memorial to the struggles faced during the years of oppression, with scenes depicted on the stained glass windows, I have never seen anything similar to this in a church anywhere. Dont know how I have missed this place after so many visits to Soweto...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank elouise36
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Very interesting and great history. The church is beautiful. The black paintings hanging in the church are beautiful. I recommend touring this church!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

There is so much history wrapped up in this place, of the brutality of apartheid and the coming together and of starting to build a new SA post apartheid. Our guide was Mr Desmond, who is a wonderful character who teased us gently on our...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MikeFo
Reviewed 3 May 2018

This historical church was a gathering place for Soweto residents, for political meetings, for safety during uprisings and police crackdowns. The tour guide was very humorous, and pointed out the historical and renovated features of the buildings. They have a special place in their hearts...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DINA C
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This place has seen both good and bad times within the last 30yrs. During that tumultuous time, people such as Bill Clinton, the Obama’s and Mandela have been in the church. There’s still evidence of it’s darker days when police and students classes during the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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