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Evangelical Lutheran Church

Swakopmund | Namibia

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swakopmund is the 2nd oldest building of the Evangelical Lutheran churches in Namibia. A church parish was founded in 1905, even though no associated church building existed at the time. Services were held at a printing shop and then in a school building.

In 1909 a government builder, Otto Ertl, was assigned to draw up plans for a church building. With finance at a premium, the town council sought the assistance of a number of German institutions who contributed enormously to the buildings costs. The church was consecrated on 7th January 1912.

There were a number of German contributions to the building of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The architect was a Bavarian, a firm from the northern seaport of Hamburg carried out the building works and the stained-glass windows were donated by the town of Bremen. The organ came from Stuttgart.

This church has become such a prominent landmark that a 4-stamp set was issued in 1978 - together with the Christus Kirche in Windhoek, the Rhenish Mission Church in Otjimbingwe and the Rhenish Mission Church in Keetmanshoop.

It is situated on the corner of Daniel Tjongarero Avenue and Otavi Street in Swakopmund. It was proclaimed a national monument on 21st September 1978.

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