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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  • This Cathedral is next to the old village green which is now a concreted African market. Inside you are transported to another world of tranquility. If in Grahamstown this is a must visit building.  more »
  • Visiting the Cathedral really was a spiritual experience to me. The officials were young adults who had a passion for sharing the beauty of the facility with tourists.  more »
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  • 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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