If you find yourself in Windhoek and want to know of the places to explore there, your first stop should be the Christuskirche.
The Christuskirche was founded in the late 1890s and back in the days, the services in the church were performed in the hall itself. Later, the congregation decided to build the church from scratch in another location and after a lot of hassle and political drama, the church works finally began in the year 1907. The construction ended in the year 1910 and later had many renovations too.
Found on top of the hill in Windhoek, this church can be seen from many windows of rooms of hotels in Windhoek the likes of Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino. Some people make a trek of it and walk uphill to visit the church early in the mornings so they reach in time for the services.
Sandstone was the primary material that was used in the building of this church. To transport vast amounts of this material to the church site uphill, a separate railway line was created. The portico in the building is made from marble that was brought in from Italy while the clock, roof material and much more were imported from Germany.
What to expect
The view from the church is pretty serene. And the 40 odd metres tall tower in the building makes for a good photo op too. Thought the church was built using the Romanesque style, the tower has a bit of Gothic influence to it.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+