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The Grotekerk (literal translation ‘big church’) of the Dutch Reformed Church congregation of Graaff Reinet was reputedly modelled on the early English gothic design of the Salisbury Cathedral in England. This has never been substantiated but given the similarities in the design, including the double transepts and the obvious gothic design elements, the legend is very believable.

It is a truly impressive building, completed in 1886 and constructed from local stone with seating for 1,500 worshippers. It is lit throughout with stained glass windows and its steeple is just short of 50m (150ft) tall. It has a unique and somewhat quirky feature in the form of a chimney into the vestry but which has apparently never been used.

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