In a commanding position, now on its own roundabout, this ‘fairytale’ Evangelical Lutheran Church is Windhoek’s most famous building. It was designed, by Gottlieb Redecker, in Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic styles, and built, between 1907 and 1910, of local sandstone. Kaiser Wilhelm II donated the stained-glass windows; his wife, Augusta, gave the altar bible. Originally this church commemorated the peace at the end of various wars between the German colonists and the indigenous people of Namibia, and inside are plaques dedicated to the German soldiers who were killed. (As yet, there’s no mention of the losses of the indigenous people...) If you wish to see inside, the key can be borrowed during office hours from the church offices, just down the hill at 12 Peter Müller Street.
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By: AlbinoFlea


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