Located in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, Christ Church (or Christuskirche) stands as a testament to the city’s history and the enduring influence of German colonial architecture. Here’s more on what you need to know about this site before visiting it.
The Christ Church holds pride of place on a traffic island along Robert Mugabe Avenue, a central location that beckons both history enthusiasts and architectural connoisseurs heading to Windhoek. Hotel suites can be found at nearby properties like Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino, an ideal choice for travellers looking to visit this site along with other attractions such as the Independence Museum and Zoo Park.
A Bit of History
Constructed from local sandstone and designed by German architect and civil engineer, Gottlieb Redecker, Christ Church bears witness to the enduring legacy of German colonialism in Namibia. Dating to 1907, it’s the oldest Evangelical Lutheran church in the country and holds a significant place in the nation’s history as well. Declared a National Monument in 1974, it stands as a living reminder of the past.
The church’s exterior is a masterpiece of architectural fusion, showcasing elements of neo-Romanesque, Gothic revival, and Art Nouveau design. Crafted from local quartz sandstone and Carrera marble imported from Italy, every detail is a work of art. Other notable elements include the towering 24-meter-tall spire, beautiful stained-glass windows and three brass bells which all add to the site’s exquisite appearance.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the interior of this historic church on guided tours. Inside, you will find a bronze plaque bearing the names of German soldiers, civilians, and marines, who lost their lives during the Herero and Nama uprisings of the early 1900s, a poignant reminder of the past. Another highlight is the original altarpiece, a copy of Ruben’s “Resurrection of Lazarus,” that graces the gallery. Services are still conducted in German here every Sunday and offer a unique spiritual experience as well.