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The Groote Kerk was begun in 1700 on land then part of the Company Garden. The building was rebuilt and enlarged about 1780. Is it classical? Is it Gothic? Only Hermann Schutte, the builder at that time, knows--and he isn't talking. Oberholster writes that "there are certainly few buildings that are regarded with such respect or evoke such piety." (Historical Monuments of South Africa, 1972, p. 5.)

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