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St. Mary's Cathedral, Cape Town

The St. Mary's Cathedral[1][2] more formally known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt, is the name given to a religious building belonging to the Catholic Church and is located in Cape Town,[3][4] in South Africa.

St. Mary's Cathedral
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt
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33°55′41″S 18°25′02″E / 33.928°S 18.4172°E / -33.928; 18.4172Coordinates: 33°55′41″S 18°25′02″E / 33.928°S 18.4172°E / -33.928; 18.4172
Location Cape Town
Country  South Africa
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Website www.stmaryscathedral.org.za
History
Founded 1851
Past bishop(s) Archbishop Lawrence Henry
Architecture
Architect(s) German architect Carl Otto Hager. Hager had designed numerous Dutch Reformed Churches in South Africa including the NG Moederkerk in Stellenbosch.
Architectural type The Cathedral was designed in the neo-Gothic idiom, with the characteristic features such as a high nave and steep roof, side aisles with flat roofs and crenelated parapets, slender in shape, pointed clerestory windows on the inside and an oak screen separating the nave from the entrance porch.
Administration
Deanery City Bowl
Archdiocese Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cape Town
Province Western Cape
Clergy
Archbishop Archbishop Stephen Brislin
Chancellor Fr Michael Clement
Assistant priest(s) Rev. Fr Bernard Makore
Laity
Business manager The Very Rev. Rohan Smuts

The story of the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt in Cape Town, the seat of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Town, is intimately associated with the history and development of the Roman Catholic Church in Southern Africa over a period of more than 175 years. Affectionately known by many as St Mary’s Cathedral, it is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in South Africa. It is located specifically in Stalplein (or the Stable square) near the parliament building.

The local bishop bought land in 1839 and the first stone was laid two years later, being consecrated on April 28, 1851 with the Gothic Revival style design of Otto Hagger.

In 1926 he added a tower and the sanctuary was remodeled in 1947. In 1951 he was consecrated as a Catholic Cathedral. Its last restoration was done in 1997.

The Cathedral is situated in the heart of the City of Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Its position is directly opposite the South African Parliament and at the meeting point of an important thoroughfare linking Cape Town to its outlying suburbs. The Cathedral occupies a central position in relation to its significance and the ‘Mother Church’ both of the Archdiocese and of the rest of South Africa.

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