Historical Stone Churches in the Garden Route

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If your dream is to get married in a church, but you don’t want to go the route of just selecting any random church, then these beautiful historical stone churches will be the perfect option for you.  The Garden Route is not just known for its beautiful natural scenery, but it also has a rich historic context as one of the earliest settlements in South Africa.

Throughout the region there are evidence of this rich heritage. One such example are the beautiful historic stone churches that can be find in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.  If you are looking for a church wedding but want a building that has character, look no further. Here are a few of these historic stone churches that can be found throughout the Garden Route & Klein Karoo regions:

St Peter’s Anglican Church, Plettenberg Bay

This historical stone church is situated in a beautifully maintained garden.  It was built in 1879 by Bishop Robert Gray.  It is perched on a hillside overlooking the Plettenberg Bay which give it the feel of grandeur.  It is this beautiful character, the stunning views and the manicured gardens that makes this stone church a very popular wedding church.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call 044 533 5558.   

The Anglican Church, Knysna

The Anglican Church is situated in the main street of Knysna and holds a rich historical history.  John Rex, the son of George Rex (who founded Knysna), laid the foundation stone of the original Anglican church 1849.  In 1919, the current church was built that is used for weddings today.  The beautiful solid wood curved beams make for an impressive backdrop for your wedding.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call 044 382 1239.    

The Holy Trinity church, Belvidere

The Holy Trinity church at Belvidere just outside Knysna holds it charm with the unique round shape of the building and in its miniature size.   The church was built from 1851 to 1855 by Thomas Duthie in the Romanesque style.  He bought the Belvidere land from his father in law, George Rex in 1833 and it stayed in the Duthie family until 1963.  Many of the family graves are in the graveyard next to the church.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call 087 742 2527.

The Mysterious Miniature Stone Church, Buffelo Bay

This mountain stone chapel is situated at the turn off to Buffelo Bay, just outside of Knysna.  Not much information is available about this church.  No one knows why this church was build or by whom.  Today, this charming church is used for small and intimate weddings that can seat up to 70 people.  It is beautifully set against the forested valley slope and the restored wooden pews and graceful candelabra gives it a very quint, antique character. For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call +27 73 363 6522.

The old stone church, Pacaltsdorp – George

Simply called, the old stone church, this church is situated in Pacaltsdorp, just outside of George. The church was built in 1813 by Rev Pacalt as his second mission cottage. The church is categorized by its 1m think sod walls, thatch roof, cow dung floor and local wood such as yellow wood.  The church is sizable and can seat a large wedding.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call 044-878 0877.

Riversdale Stone Church, Riversdale

This church in Riversdal is one of many Sophia Gray designed stone churches in the western cape. This church is constructed of dressed stone and was consecrated in 1856.  The church is sizable and can seat a large wedding.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call +27 (0)28 713 8000.

Calitzdorp Stone Church, Calitzdorp

The Dutch Reformed Church, declared a national monument in 1991, was originally built in 1857 and holds a magnificent organ, large even by European standards. Richard van Reenen Barry was the first pastor and served the community for 40 years. In 1910 the population reached 4000 and it was decided to build a new church.  For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call 028 551 8000.

Louvain Stone Church, Langkloof Valley

The Church on Louvain was built in 1852 as a mission outpost and was a shared project of the farm’s then owner Bertie Richardson and the first Anglican Bishop of Cape Town, Bishop Robert Gray. The Church today is still being used for regular services and with its old worldly feel and warm atmosphere is ideal for a romantic country wedding. It can accommodate up to 120 people seated. For more information on how to book this church for your wedding, please call +27 71 695 9486.