Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown

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The Cathedral of St Michael and St George is the home of the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown in Grahamstown, South Africa, in the Eastern Cape Province. It is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Grahamstown. The cathedral is located on Church Square and has the tallest spire in South Africa 176ft. The cathedral is dedicated to St Michael and St George and celebrates its patronal festival on the Sunday closest to Michaelmas (29 September).
The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel had voted £500 in 1820 for the erection of a church in Cape Town, this gift was declined by the Governor, Lord Charles Somerset. However, while he was in England next year, he wrote to Lord Bathurst, the Secretary of State for War (who administered the colonies), asking him to obtain the £500 for Grahamstown, where
The Society very generously agreed, and voted the £500 for Grahamstown, the balance of the money needed was supplied by the colonial treasury. Plans were prepared by W Jones, a land surveyor of Cape Town, and the building erected by George Gilbert also of Cape Town. Sir George Cory thus summarizes the agreement entered into by these persons, and dated 9 September 1824:
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  • Grahamstown see,s to be 'out of the way.' However, i thin the town is seriously under-estimated. People are friendly, the historic sites are interesting, a wide range of shops and the pubs were...  more »
  • It is a beautiful view for the visitor to see the cathedral in the central square. The building itself has nothing special, however it is the most interesting of the city.  more »
  • One of many historical buildings in town. Regularly see visitors taking photographs of the building. At one stage o erases visitors would participate in ringing of the bells .
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